Hundreds take time to remember in the Field of Honour

By Ashley Wiebe
November 7, 2018 - 4:14pm Updated: November 7, 2018 - 7:28pm

 

MEDICINE HAT, AB — Hundreds of poppies were laid in the Field of Honour on Wednesday, each for a soldier who gave their life for our country.

Students from across the city at took part in the No Stone Left Alone event and saw how many people have been laid to rest.

“I really want my kids to be educated on why we remember and therefore bringing lots of other kids on this journey with us,” said ceremony organizer Trish Richard.

More than 700 students marched through Hillside Cemetery and met beneath the Cross of Sacrifice.

“To see the wreaths that they made themselves and to put here in the Field of Honour, it is wonderful. This is where it should start, with the young people, remembering the sacrifices,” said Sheila Donner, President of the Robertson Memorial Branch #17.

“The smiles, they’re so innocent and to see them appreciate what has happened in the past, that’s why we live in a free country,” said Sgt. At Arms Eldon Wells.

No Stone Left Alone was launched in 2011 by Maureen Bianchini-Purvis, who wanted to make sure that every man and woman who made the ultimate sacrifice was never be forgotten.

The students walked through the Field of Honour, thanking each and every soldier and placing a poppy in remembrance.

“They just want to place it at the base of the headstone and say their name and hopefully they are reading the dates and really taking a minute to think,” Richard added.

“It’s an honour to serve and so many people come up to you, especially during poppy campaign, to thank you for your service,” Wells said. “It’s an honour.”

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