JS Celebrates Remembrance Day with Candlelight Ceremony
In the Junior School this week, each student placed a small tea light candle in the Peace Garden at the JS entrance beside the flagpole inside the white picket fence.
The inspiration for this gesture came from a time-honoured practice in The Netherlands where Dutch children place lit candles on the graves of Canadian soldiers in local cemeteries and leave them lit overnight in a silent tribute.
First done in 1995 to commemorate their liberation by Canadian forces 50 years earlier, candlelight tributes are now annual ceremonies throughout The Netherlands and other European countries. It is a beautiful way of honouring those who liberated their country and its people from the Germans during WWII, while encouraging children, their families and veterans to interact and come together.
Similar tributes take place across Canada now as well. Watch our video of the students placing their candles earlier this week, and the end result by night.