Head of School, John Liggett shared his personal reflections on Remembrance Day at yesterday’s poignant Middle/Senior School ceremony, including the way he pays his respects on this day of remembrance. Below is an excerpt of what he shared:
“Paying homage on Remembrance Day … CDS ceremonies are always reverent, genuine, moving and deeply compassionate involving our students, our musicians, singers and dramatists, and the preparation and diligence of our faculty. We are all most proud of our school on Remembrance Day.
“What we remember on Remembrance Day is Canada’s wartime participation, including a few 19th century conflicts, as well as more recent actions in Korea. But by far the most prominent is our remembrance of Canada’s action in WW1 and WW2 where vast numbers of Canadians served; especially vast in relation to our relatively small population.
“Who we remember is likely the most important thing. We remember our Canadian soldiers, our veterans who survived, and the some 100,000 Canadian soldiers who gave their lives in service of our country across the two world wars.
“How we should remember – we can and should be thoughtful, take the time to pause and pay our respects, we can wear a poppy and learn to understand its symbolism. But really the best way is to find something personal to you that is an act of remembrance.”
Mr. Liggett went on to share his own way of remembering, which started decades ago when he taught alongside former colleague, Dr. Eric McGeer, an expert military historian, author, and Canada’s leading authority on Canadian war memorials. Dr. McGeer inspired John to continue learning more; instilling a deep interest in eventually touring WWI and WWII war memorials across Europe. He has since toured all the war memorials across Belgium, Holland, France and Italy numerous times, often on his bicycle, and has accompanied our students and faculty on CDS March Break Battlefield trips. He and Dr. McGeer plan on doing so once again next March.
Mr. Liggett went on to share a moving slideshow featuring highlights from some of these very personal and meaningful visits. Lest we forget.
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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