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Students and staff of the St. Clair Catholic District School Board observed Remembrance Day in moving and meaningful services across the district. 

At the Catholic Education Centre, in schools and at cenotaphs throughout Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton, tributes were paid to our veterans and Canadian Forces personnel, past and present, who have fought and served our country so that we might live in freedom.

2015 is the 100th anniversary of the poem In Flanders Fields, which was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD, who was serving overseas with the Canadian Expeditionary Force.  He died in France in 1918.  His famous poem is printed below.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McRae, May 1915

In the photo above, students from St. Peter Canisius Catholic School participate in a Remembrance Day Service at the cenotaph in Watford.

Nov 12, 2015


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