River Hebert Elementary Remembers

Jamie Heap
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Students, staff, cadets and legion members gather to commemorate Veterans’ Week with annual Remembrance Day Service

Members of the 1442 River Hebert Army cadets participated in River Hebert District Elementary School's annual Remembrance Day service on Thursday. (Back, from,left): Jessica Grant, Jacqlyn McIver, Sally Belliveau and Breanna Cormier. Front row: Emily Hiltz.

RIVER HEBERT-For nearly forty years, River Hebert District Elementary School has remembered the sacrifices made by veterans with their Remembrance Day service.

“When I came here in1975 it was going on then,” stated teacher and River Hebert Branch # 14 Legion member Rick Rhodes. “It must be close to forty years now.”

River Hebert Schools’ principal Vernon Taylor was the master of ceremonies for the solemn event that included class and individual presentations from each of the school’s four combined grades, notwithstanding the musical selection ‘In Flanders’ Field’ sung by the entire student body of River Hebert District Elementary School.

“Remembrance Day has always been a very special occasion to our school,” said Taylor. “We are without a doubt proud and honoured to have members of the Royal Canadian Legion and other community members present and participating in our Remembrance Day events. Because of these services, the students of River Hebert developed a deep understanding of the sacrifices and achievements of the men and women who have served and those who continue to serve our country.”

In addition, members of the 1442 River Hebert Army cadets escorted wreath bearers representing each of the school’s four combined grades, something they will be doing again during formal Remembrance Day ceremonies on Monday. Wreathes were placed on wooden crosses at the front of the school gymnasium.  

Warrant Officer (W.O) and RSM Jacqlyn McIver, a grade 12 student at River Hebert District High School, said that leading the parade of cadets for services such as these has given her a whole new perspective on being a cadet. “I now have an important role in these ceremonies which I am quite proud of,” stated McIver.

“I think it’s very important for young people to have the opportunity to see what Legion members do in their community and see what Remembrance Day is all about,” said River Hebert Legion president and 1442 Army cadet C.O. Harry Dow.

On behalf of the Joggins Legion Branch # 4, Dara Legere, its secretary, presented Taylor with a framed School Program Poppy Appreciation Award that will be displayed in RHDH’s trophy cabinet. In addition, local legion members sponsored a Remembrance Day colouring, poster and poetry contest. Winners were:  P/1: Brody O’Brien and Justice Marie Duguay; 2/3: Kaden Allen and Abigail VanSnick; 3/4: Declan LeBlanc, Julia Griggs; 5/6: Lucas Lucci-Vance and Hannah Langille. Along with Langille, Jenna Gower and Brandon Hicks’ contest entries were selected to represent local branches of the legion at provincials in Halifax.

A light lunch provided by the Home and School was enjoyed by legion members.

“On behalf of the Joggins Legion, I would like to thank the students for the work that they put into this service,” said president Doug Legere. “They are the future.”

“Our Remembrance Day service has been a tradition for numerous years, and I would like to acknowledge our elementary teachers, as they are instrumental in keeping Remembrance Day at the forefront of November,” concluded Taylor.

Organizations: River Hebert District Elementary School, River Hebert Branch, River Hebert Schools Royal Canadian Legion River Hebert Army River Hebert District High School Joggins Legion Branch Home and School

Geographic location: River Hebert, Halifax

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