Nov. 07, 2014
Remembrance Day is a time to recognize the sacrifices made by Canadians in armed conflicts. CBE schools held Remembrance Day ceremonies Nov. 7, and several of these school ceremonies are highlighted below.
Captain Nichola Goddard School
Captain Nichola Goddard School hosted a special ceremony on Nov. 7 that included the gifting of the Canadian flag that flew at the Kandahar Military Base on Remembrance Day, 2011 in Afghanistan. The flag was presented to the Goddard family at the Kandahar Memorial in Charlottetown in September of this year.
At the ceremony, Sally Goddard presented the flag to the school as part of the legacy of Captain Nichola Goddard. Sally Goddard is the mother of the late Captain Nichola Goddard who was the first female Canadian soldier killed in combat. She was killed in Afghanistan on May 17, 2006.
According to Principal Joy Chadwick, the theme for the ceremony was “Live Your Legacy.”
“Over the years, the Canadian military have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure peace, education, democracy and freedom for nations around the world,” she said. “Their legacy lives on, and it is that legacy we celebrate today.”
The school’s hope, she added, is that they will stand as one body for peace and justice. “Our hope is that in thinking about Captain Nichola Goddard’s legacy, we will become citizens with integrity and courage in our school and wider community.”
Another honoured guest at the ceremony was Murray McCann, chair of the Field of Crosses Memorial Project. He is responsible for the crosses that appear along Memorial Drive each November. Mr. McCann’s family foundation funds the Field of Crosses Memorial Project that honours fallen soldiers from Southern Alberta. Each cross is inscribed with the name, rank, regiment, date of death and age of death of a Southern Alberta soldier killed in action. It is estimated that more than 3,000 Southern Alberta soldiers have been killed in action.