Digital remembrance

Allen Davey, past president of the legion, left, walks around the gym holding a Canadian flag with Sharon Erickson, first vice-president of the legion during King George Elementary School’s Remembrance Day ceremonies. Joshua Santos/Times-Herald

King George Elementary School holds Remembrance Day ceremonies

King George Elementary School honoured the lives of military veterans on the big screen.

“Ours is a little more different because the service is done with video, from start to finish, which is not typical,” Dana Ansell, Grade 5 and 6 teacher at King George said.

The Remembrance Day ceremonies were held in the school’s gymnasium, where a screening of video footage featuring King George students talking about history, was shown.

Michelle Carline Gallagher, Grade 6 teacher at King George played the bagpipes to open the service. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Moose Jaw Branch 59, Moose Jaw City Police, Moose Jaw Firefighters, air cadets and other dignitaries followed her as they went to their reserved seats.

Children and attendees sang O’ Canada.

Parents joined the service with their children and watched their loved ones speaking about the events of the Second World War, the battle of Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele.

“It just means a lot to us,” said Ansell.

Ansell said a video ceremony made the presentation “seamless from start to finish.”

“I’ve done that now for five years. There are students MC’ing and there are students that perform,” said Answell. “I just video it ahead of time and I just find that it keeps the kids’ attention and they like to see themselves.”

Allen Davey, past president of the legion carried the Canadian flag as he made his way down the gym.

“I’m quite honoured to be asked to be here today. You can (see) the effort of all at King George in putting this (together),” said Davey. “It was a lot of work.”

He commended the teachers for keeping the children informed of the historic events.

“I believe the teachers in our community are paying close attention, making sure our young people in our communities know what’s going on (and) the meaning of Remembrance Day,” said Davey.

Legion members were also at the citywide Remembrance Day ceremony held at Mosiac Place on Saturday.