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    Westmount Students Show Gratitude Through Adoption

    Monday, November 4, 2013

    Westmount Public School students adopt military grave

    Through act of community service and kindness, the students from the Grade 7 class at Westmount Public School are honoring the service of veterans and service people who have given their lives for our freedom. The class has “adopted” a military grave at Riverside Cemetery. The students will be cleaning the headstone and the grave area as an act of respect for the sacrifices made by all Canadian service people throughout history.

    “As we get closer to Remembrance Day, we continue to look at new ways to honour and remember the sacrifices made by our service people,” says Casey Charles, Grade 7 Teacher at Westmount Public School. “This is a common practice in Europe where a family will adopt the grave of a Canadian or American service person. They value the sacrifice made by these men and women so much that that generations of families continue to maintain the same grave.”

    Following the cleaning of the headstone and the grave area, the students will be recording the name, birth date and other pertinent information of the service person. With the assistance of Branch 5 Legion, the students will also be reviewing attestation papers in order to learn more about the service person.

    Westmount Public School students and Roy Lamore of Branch 5 Legion will be present and available for interview.

    Tuesday, November 5
    9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
    Riverside Cemetery - Oliver Road Entrance