For the first time ever students at Reston School are taking part in a national campaign.
The program started in 2011 in Edmonton, Alberta. It works to honour the sacrifice and service of Canada’s military by educating students and placing poppies on the headstones of veterans every November.
A number of Manitoba schools will hold programs this month including Reston School.
Kim MacKenzie works at the school and is helping coordinate their first ever No Stone Left Alone program. “We signed up in September because Remembrance Day is very important, and this program is just another way to have the students remember the veterans.”
“The purpose of No Stone Left Alone is to educate and engage youth in a personal act of honouring our soldiers and remembering and respecting our fallen military and placing a poppy on their headstone each November.”
On Tuesday, November 1st 17 Grade 11 and 12 students will stop at four different cemeteries to hold separate programs.
“We’ll be at cemeteries in Reston, Pipestone, Tilston and Sinclair because these four cemeteries encompass all students from our area. There’s a short ceremony and then students place the poppies on the headstones. Students have done research on some of the veterans and then they’ll have a moment of reflection,” said Kim MacKenzie.
Organizers have worked with various groups and individuals to identify grave sites of area veterans. More than 200 poppies will be placed at area head stones.