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Holy Name students honour Remembrance Day with mass

by Sylene Argent

On Friday morning, the LSST Department at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Elementary School led a Remembrance Day mass inside the local school’s gymnasium as a way to pay tribute to veterans and fallen soldiers who fought for the rights and freedoms Canadians enjoy today.

  With 2018 marking the centennial anniversary of the Armistice of WW1, Holy Name students put extra special effort into this year’s ceremony. The grade eight students, for instance, made “Crosses of Remembrance” for the mass. Each cross depicted the name of a local citizen who served their nation during times of war. During the mass, the students stood at attention, holding the crosses. Additional crosses were placed around the school.

  Each of the students were able to proudly wear a poppy, thanks to the Essex Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 201)

  Leading up to the Remembrance Day mass, the grade eight students visited the Essex cenotaph to take time to reflect on the significance of remembrance, while observing the engraved monuments onsite. They then participated in an 11-minute moment of silence to honour service men and women, who have served their nation, and the sacrifices they made for rights and freedoms.

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