Hundreds of N.B. students place poppies on war veterans' graves
Published Tuesday, November 10, 2015 8:19PM AST
Last Updated Wednesday, November 11, 2015 8:40AM AST
Several hundred students placed poppies on the graves of war veterans in Oromocto, N.B., on Tuesday.
It was part of the No Stone Left Alone initiative that started in Edmonton in 2011 to remember those who served.
“There was a lot discussion that took place beforehand about why it was important to remember and that's why we're here today,” said teacher Pam Thomas.
Each student left a poppy at the gravesite of every war veteran.
“We should always put poppies around the stones to remember the veterans who've died and sacrificed their lives to keep us safe,” said student Emma Harmon.
“I think it's really important for us to be here, that we don't forget how important this is,” said student Cameron Dickey. “All these people here risked their lives to give us the peace and opportunity to do all the things we do today. I think it's very important we remember that.”
Many of the memories were deeply personal.
“It was important because both of my parents are veterans,” said one student.
“My dad’s in the military and he’s gone a bunch of places,” said another student.
This is the first time the program has been brought to New Brunswick. Organizers hope for even more involvement next year.
“Just the idea that they are part of the community, and that they are the future of this community and carry on because our veterans are getting older and carrying on the legacy of remembrance, these are the kids to do it,” said Thomas.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Nick Moore.