By James Wastasecoot
PEGUIS (Nov. 6, 2018) Peguis School students and staff held a ceremony on Nov. 6 to observe Veteran’s Day which falls on Nov. 11.
Flags of Canada, Peguis and the Province of Manitoba were paraded into the gymnasium at the start of the ceremony while women sang an honour song with hand drums.
“I want to thank the young men and women, the parents of all of those who served in the World Wars, including the Korean war for their sacrifice and services,” said School Board member, Rod Sutherland.
“We thank them for the protection of our rights and freedoms. It’s important to remember our First Nations men and women who served including Sgt. Tommy Prince of Brokenhead, who was the most decorated solider in WW2.”
Elder Clementine Spence led off with a traditional prayer in Cree and English. Elder Maurice Sutherland said the Lord’s prayer in Ojibway. While the ceremony unfolded, photographs of veterans who served in the wars from the area of Peguis – including many band members – were projected on a large screen in a slideshow.
Representing Peguis Council, Councillor Annette Spence congratulated PCS students and staff on a tremendous job with preparations for the ceremony. She reminded everyone that the St. Matthews Church will be holding a Remembrance Day ceremony on Sunday Nov. 11 starting at 10:45.
Alicia Bear and Brayden Bear recited Veteran’s Day poems. Student representatives from each class presented a wreath which staff helped to pin up on a memorial post at the front of the assembly. Following this, the assembly observed two minutes of silence in honour of the veterans.
The Canada flag bearer, Jordyn Collins of Fisher River, is a cadet in the 158 Fisher Squadron. She joined the cadets 2 years ago. “I enjoy the regime of marches, drills and it’s interesting,” she said.