KENTVILLE, NS - Like other local schools, Kings County Academy honoured Remembrance Day with a school assembly on Nov. 9.
Emceed by Grade 8 students Claire Zettler and Emmitt Mailman, a variety of students presented in both French and English, including a bilingual recitation of In Flanders Fields.
Special guest was Sgt. Dauphninee, a veteran from the war in Afghanistan. Following his presentation, Dauphinee asked the students if they had any questions. Many of the younger students proudly shared how their great-great-grandfathers had been soldiers in the war.
“When you were in the war, did you ever wish you could give up?” asked one student.
"I knew everyone was relying on me,” replied Dauphinee, “so I never felt like giving up. I knew they wouldn't give up on me, so I didn't want to give up on them, either."
The KCA gymnasium was decorated with two large poppies created by all students in Primary to Grade 8 in a shared art project. Each student created a message of peace on a red circle, which was then taped to the wall to form a giant project. Victoria Laurence, school principal, said the idea for the art project came from the Duke family, who had seen something similar when they visited Arras, France, outside Vimy Ridge for the 100th anniversary celebration.
The ceremony ended with the last post and a minute of silence, followed by the marching out of the colour party by the local cadets who had been standing on guard, as the choir sang, “This is my wish, my wish for the world, that peace would find its way to every boy and girl.”