Lest We Forget

Remembrance Day at The Country Day School has always been a time where faculty and staff in the Junior School and Middle/Senior Schools come together to pay respect to our fallen soldiers and honour the peacekeeping efforts of today.

JS Remembrance Day Photo Gallery
MS & SS Remembrance Day Photo Gallery
While each year’s celebration differs from the next, the common themes and elements remain the same. Today's Middle/Senior School assembly included performances from our Drama, Music and Social Science Departments, who poured a great deal of thought and creativity into the act of remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Included among these, is a 102-year-old veteran named Noel Parker-Jervis, who is one of the last surviving Canadians of the Battle of Ortona. Jaxon Hekkenberg ‘23 had the honour of interviewing Noel as part of his mission of gathering oral histories of WWII veterans while they are still living. Over the past year and a half, Jaxon has interviewed more than 150 veterans across Canada and the U.S. and reportedly has 20 people volunteering with him around the world helping to interview veterans.

In the video shown in today’s Middle/Senior School Assembly, Jaxon reminds us how how the “Second World War was the most influential war in history and now less than 1% of those who served and survived are still with us worldwide, and less who are actually able to share their stories of sacrifice and literal history.
 
“Daily they are being lost to time and we have the resources to collect these stories to allow future generations to learn from our history and mistakes.
 
“We should take advantage of this opportunity, unlike what we did with the veterans of the First World War, which is one of the least documented wars in terms of oral history.” Watch Jaxon’s interview with Noel Parker-Jervis.
 
CDS once again came together for both our Junior School and Middle/Senior School Remembrance Day ceremonies.

If you have not already viewed these, we encourage you to do so.


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Land Acknowledgment

CDS wishes to recognize and acknowledge the land on which the school operates. For thousands of years, these have been the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We also recognize the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee peoples who also shared this land.  CDS respects the relationship with these lands and recognizes that our connection can be strengthened by our continued relationship with all First Nations, by acknowledging our shared responsibility to respect and care for these lands and waters for future generations.

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Founded in 1972, The Country Day School is a co-educational private school offering programs in JK-12 and located on 100 acres north of Toronto in King.