Westmount Students Demonstrate Kindness and Respect
Close to 60 intermediate students from Westmount Public School Sports and Recreation and Global Citizenship Academies will be working with members of the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment to clean the military headstones and gravesites at Mountain View Cemetery on Thursday, November 8 in advance of Sunday, November 11’s Remembrance Day. The students and soldiers 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. Additionally, 100 flags will be planted to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War.
“On an education level, this is an incredible opportunity for students to get an up close and personal understanding of the people who we honour and remember on Remembrance Day,” says Lisa Dampier, Teacher at Westmount Public School. “And on a character level, this is a perfect opportunity for our students to physically do something that will honour these special men and women for the sacrifices that they have made in order for us to live in a free society.”
The cleaning and maintaining of Allied war graves is common practice in many cities in Europe. Communities, schools and individual families adopt and maintain the graves on a year round practice. Westmount Public School locally initiated the graveside program in 2013.