No Stone Left Alone: Beechwood’s act of remembrance aimed at our nation’s youth


In ones and twos, with envelopes of poppies in hand, the schoolchildren from l’École élémentaire catholique Saint-François-d’Assise in Hintonburg fan out across the grounds of the National Military Cemetery at Beechwood Cemetery. The Grade 5 and 6 students, effusive and chatty on any other day, are silent now as they approach the graves of Canada’s military dead. They have a sombre duty to perform, and are taking their responsibility very seriously.

At each grave, the children stop to read the deceased veteran’s name on the stone marker, then take a knee and bow their head to reflect for a moment before placing a poppy on the ground in front of the headstone and moving on to the next grave. In all, these students and others will leave poppies at close to 5,000 military graves in a powerful act of remembrance.

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