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This post is dedicated to our Veterans. Without them we would not have the freedoms that we enjoy today.
~The Battalion Hawk Bloggers
For the past two weeks, our school has been collecting food donations for the Veteran’s Food Bank. This was a Grade Six Leadership Initiative and our school has come together to support our Grade Sixes. Today is the LAST day for these donations. It is also the day that we will be attending a beautiful Remembrance Day Ceremony, hosted by these inspiring Grade Six students.
Yesterday, The Battalion Hawk Bloggers took the opportunity to sort our own food donations and to learn more about our veterans, poppies, the food bank and the importance of honouring those who have fought for us.
In the end, we decided to try sorting our food donations using Canada’s Food Guide! Of course, this led to a wonderful health discussion on the four essential food groups even before we could GET to the sorting part! The FUNNY thing is … Mrs. Renton didn’t even SUGGEST sorting according to “food groups” … it was one of our VERY thoughtful Battalion Hawk BLOGGERS who came up with THAT idea!
“Today our class collected food for the Veteran’s Food Bank. We put them in the food groups: grains, proteins, fruit and veggies, dairy and others. Remembrance Day is the day when you remember the people who fight to save Canada. We wear poppies, not just to remember who died, but also to think about how hard they worked just to do it. I remember that people helped to fight. If they didn’t we wouldn’t be able to live like we do. There should be silence on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month just to think in your mind, even if you are in the shopping mall, home or at school, to remember the people who fought for us. These veterans need help because they sometimes get shot.” ~Joyce
“We collected food. We collected the food for the veterans. Then, we put the food in the middle of the room and did choices. Some choices for sorting were colour groups and other things. We collected lots of food!” ~Cemre, Zubayda & Dimitri
“Remembrance Day is very important because we remember the soldiers that fought in war to save our country. If we didn’t have our champions, we wouldn’t have the beautiful country we have now. Did you know on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day on the eleventh month is when we stop to think about the soldiers and what they did for us? That’s also when World War I ended.” ~Elijah & Tommy
“We wear a poppy on Remembrance Day to remember those who we love and care for who fought for us and died. Now we should ALL know that the Ist World War ended in the year 1918. Almost 100 years ago! We celebrate on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, on the eleventh hour. When you get a poppy you can give money to the people selling or giving them, and they will make sure that the money will go to the people in war or the veterans! This money will go to the people who need help. This is what your money can get for them: it can get them mobility, electric scooters, power chairs, electric beds, (they go up and down), walkers, manual wheelchairs, food and shelter, (that’s really important). It provides comfort for hospitalized veterans too. So, right now, go and get a poppy and give them some money!” ~Ella & Jayden
“Remembrance Day is when people get together for a ceremony. Remembrance Day is a day when people remember those who died. Remembrance Day happens on the SAME day that World War I ended. It would be nice if you donated food to the Veteran’s Food Bank.” ~Christopher & Constantine
“What is the Veteran’s Food Bank for? The Veteran’s Food Bank is for people who have fought for us and need extra help. What is the poppy for? The poppy is for the people who fought for us. There will be two minutes of silence on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Today in our school is the last day for Veteran’s Food Bank donations. Yesterday, we made food groups from the food that we counted. Today we had an assembly. It was all about the people who fought for us. We sang O Canada. When we got back to our class, I had tears all over my face!” ~James
“Poppies are important because they are landmarks for the ones that fought and died. Our Facilities Operator used to be in the war. Everyone stops at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month and thinks about the soldiers that died in the war. In Flanders Fields where the dead lay, there grow blood red poppies that lay beside the graves for the soldiers that once fought in the war and fell.” ~Amro and Nick
“For the Veteran’s Food Bank we brought in over 90 pieces of food! We collected 42 grains, 24 protein, 1 dairy, 28 vegetables and fruits, and 3 others. Everyone was so supportive! We had a Remembrance Day Ceremony today. The Grade 6 leadership sang A Pittance of Time and Waving the Flag and someone read the famous poem “In Flanders Fields”.” ~Rebecca & Lauren
“When people pay for poppies the money goes to mobility, electric scooters, poer chairs, electric beds, walkers, manual wheelchairs, food and shelter and other comforts for the hospitalized veterans. We than the people who fought for us. We wear poppies to remember the people who fought to help save our country. We also wear poppies to show our respect. We wear a poppy for those who sacrificed their lives for us. The World War I finished on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day on the eleventh month. The money raised is $16.5 million EACH year! In Canada we call it Remembrance Day and in the USA they call it Veteran’s Day. We are so thankful for the veterans who fought for us. Some of the soldiers didn’t come back and some survived. On the eleventh hour and the eleventh day and the eleventh month there is a moment of silence and that moment of silence is when everybody is thinking about how our veterans fought for us. We saw a video of the veterans who came home and were happy to see their daughters or sons.” ~Chelsea & Rayann
“Remembrance Day is a day where we celebrate the soldiers. Most of the money goes to mobility, electric scooters, electric beds, walkers, manual wheelchairs and other stuff. Almost every year they make &16.5 million dollars. The crosses are in the area of Flanders Fields. People wear poppies on their clothes. Yesterday we were counting our Veteran’s Food Bank drive items. Every year people donate food for the veterans because of all the sacrifices … and that’s our thank you. Our Facilities Operator was int he war. You should all support and respect the soldiers that fought and died for our freedom. Would YOU want to sacrifice and be a soldier when YOU are older?” ~Chris
“Did you know that World War I ended in 1918, on the eleventh month of the eleventh day on the eleventh hour? we wear a poppy on Remembrance Day. They are a symbol of remembrance. Through the past two weeks, we have been collecting for the Veteran’s Food Bank. We’ve collected 42 grains, 24 proteins, 28 fruits and vegetables, one dairy and 3 others. That is 98 TOTAL! I can’t believe it! Poppy donations raise $16.5 million each year. On November 9th, 2012 we had an assembly. During the assembly, the Grade 5 leaders sang Waving the Flag and A Pittance of Time by Terry Kelly.” ~AJ
“Poppies are used for remembering your loved ones that died in the war. They are worn as close to the heart as possible. Remembrance Day is to remember people that fought for us so we can have freedom. People have raised a lot of money for when the soldiers come back from the war so they can have food. Poppies are from Flanders Fields and that’s where Canadian’s fought in the war. On Remembrance Day people stop on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day on the eleventh month for a minute or two of silence, so we remember the soldiers that gave us freedom, like my Grandpa and our Facilities Operator. In some places kids go into the war when they are 17 or 18. Some do not come back. Some come back but they are sometimes seriously injured.” ~Davis & Danny
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“Why do we wear a poppy? Well, here’s why. Because if you were seeing things you could only imagine in your WORST nightmares, if you had your life at risk every second, you would want to be remembered, wouldn’t you? Why be nice to the veterans you might be thinking. Well, here’s why: some of these veterans that come back … all those bad memories some might be living on the streets and fighting to get food. That’s why the Veteran’s Food Bank gathers donated food and sends it to veterans. You should donate food to the Veteran’s Food Bank like we did. You should also buy a poppy to fund raise for the veterans needs, such as: mobility, electric scooters, poer chairs, electric beds, walkers, manual wheelchairs, food and shelter and comforts for hospitalized veterans. And THAT’S why you should be respectful to the veterans.” ~Ben & Tyler
We watched a music video, by Terry Kelly today. It’s called A Pittance of Time. We think you would enjoy it. It’s message is powerful. On the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, at the eleventh hour, we hope YOU stop to remember the heroism and sacrifice of our soldiers. After all … it really IS a pittance of time.
Remembrance Day is SUCH an important day … NONE of us LIKE the thought of war. MOST of us have NO idea of what it is like to LIVE in a war torn country. There are children and families living through war RIGHT now. It is HARD for us to imagine. We DO know, though, that WITHOUT these soldiers and their sacrifices, we would NOT be living with the freedoms we have today. We are GRATEFUL.
- How do you remember the heroism of our soldiers?
- Why do you think it is important to remember?
- Have you lived in a war torn country?
- Did you do something special to remember our veterans? Did you go to a ceremony? Did you go to a War Memorial or Museum? We would LOVE to hear about it!