The group No Stone Left Alone will be holding their annual act of remembrance in Lloydminster on Saturday November 6th from 10:30 a.m.
Students from Ecole St Thomas, girl guides and scouts will be laying poppies on the headstones of veterans at the Lloydminster Cemetery.
Ann Lynn Hrynchuk says their group will be honouring our veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom.
“It’s going to be a short ceremony. Mayor Aalbers will be doing a short reading, as well as MLA Colleen Young. The students will be doing some readings. ‘In Flanders Fields’ will be read as well. Just to honour all those who served for our country and make sure that they are not forgotten. After the ceremony, the kids will go and place poppies on the headstones along with the members of the Legion.”
Hrynchuk addressed the issue that the World Wars were so long ago that they are no longer in the emotional memory of young people.
“As we go through in the years, we are getting further and further removed from the actual World Wars. It’s becoming more of just history that’s taught in schools. They’re just seeing it on paper. They’re going through the ceremony in their school gym, like we all did growing up. This way it gets them out. It becomes personalized for them. They’re seeing a name on a headstone and going, ‘Hey this is a real person that served for our country.'”
She sees this as the meaning behind Remembrance Day and the mission of her organization is honouring the sacrifices of those who served by educating students and placing poppies on the headstones of every member.
No Stone Left Alone has several teaching resources available on their website.
Hrynchuk is advising that even though the ceremony will be outdoors, that attendees should wear a mask as a safety measure should physical distancing become compromised at any point.