PHOTOS: Maple Ridge students plant metal poppies at legion ahead of Remembrance Day

Grade 7 students from St. Patrick’s School were invited to the legion on Monday

On Monday morning students from Maple Ridge visited the local legion to plant metal poppies around recently displayed white wooden crosses that honour local veterans.

Fourteen crosses were marked with the names of local veterans from Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge who fought in the First World War, and one cross anchored at the centre displayed the poem In Flanders Field, written by John McCrae.

Students from Christina Geary’s Grade 7 class at St. Patrick’s School arrived at the legion and began to press the metal stems into the ground around 15 white wooden crosses displayed on the green space at the entrance of the building.

Judy Ballard, poppy chair at the legion, said its important the legion engage the community especially during this time of year.

“During the year you forget, you forget about the veterans that went over and fought in the war and then Remembrance Day comes… these people did the ultimate sacrifice,” she said. “It’s so nice to see young kids get so interested in it.”

READ MORE: Digital poppies set to launch as part of Remembrance Day campaign

Ballard organizes the distribution of poppies throughout the community and helps run the poppy campaign that runs each year from the last Friday in October to Nov. 10.

Last year the community helped raise more than $70,000 during the annual campaign, according to Ballard. This year the legion will be donating $30,000 from donations to the Ridge Meadows Hospital.

Clive Heah, principal at the school, was grateful the legion gave the students the opportunity to honour the veterans.

“I think its really important [we’re] [here] because especially today in the world when you look at the countries that are at war, and [the] [students] see that in the news, and they see what people in those countries go through, for them to recognize that we’re one of the countries that don’t see war because of what our veterans did for us in the war, it’s important for them to recognize that,” he said.

“It brings a tear to your eye because you realize the kids of today they remember and we see at that at Remembrance Day,” added Ballard.


@JotiGrewal_
joti.grewal@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Just Posted

Maple Ridge Bears posted “big bear hugs” to everyone who has worked toward better co-existence this year. (Facebook)
Ten fewer bears have been shot in Maple Ridge

Conservation group celebrating success this year

Police tape is shown in Toronto Tuesday, May 2, 2017. (Graeme Roy/The Canadian Press)
CRIME STOPPERS: ‘Most wanted’ for the week of Oct. 18

Crime Stoppers’ weekly list based on information provided by police investigators

A giant pumpkin is rolled onto the scale to be weighed. (Steve and Pascale Shaw/Special to The News)
Pumpkin weighing 197 kilograms takes first place in Maple Ridge contest

Trevor Halliday wins second annual Whonnock Giant Pumpkin contest.

Fraser Health is promoting that everyone get a flu shot, which are now available.
Flu shots more important during pandemic

Symptoms of flu and COVID-19 overlap, and so do precautions

Maple Meadows Station’s new Bike Parkade. TransLink photo
TransLink to remove abandoned or discarded bicycles from Bike Parkades

Rules at Maple Ridge’s Maple Meadows Station ask customers to use facilities for single day use only

FILE – People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing facility in Burnaby, B.C., on Thursday, August 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
167 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death recorded as B.C. enters 2nd wave

Three new healthcare outbreaks also announced

This 2020 electron microscope image made available by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows a Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 particle isolated from a patient, in a laboratory in Fort Detrick, Md. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-NIAID/NIH via AP
At least 49 cases of COVID-19 linked to wedding in Calgary: Alberta Health

McMillan says the city of Calgary has recently seen several outbreaks linked to social gatherings

UBC geoscientists discovered the wreckage of a decades-old crash during an expedition on a mountain near Harrison Lake. (Submitted photo)
Wreckage of decades-old plane crash discovered on mountain near Harrison Lake

A team of Sts’ailes Community School students helped discover the twisted metal embedded in a glacier

Officers with the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team were at a White Rock home Tuesday (Oct. 20) to assist Vancouver Police Department with execution of a search warrant. (Contributed photo)
ERT, VPD response to White Rock home connected to homicide: police

Search underway in the 15800-block of Prospect Crescent

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

The official search to locate Jordan Naterer was suspended Saturday Oct. 17. Photo courtesy of VPD.
‘I am not leaving without my son,’ says mother of missing Manning Park hiker

Family and friends continue to search for Jordan Naterer, after official efforts suspended

A bear similar to this black bear is believed responsible for killing a llama in Saanich on Oct. 19. (Black Press Media file photo)
Bear kills llama on Vancouver Island, prompting concerns over livestock

Officers could not track the bear they feel may not fear humans

Bernard Trest and his son Max, 10, are concerned about B.C.’s plan for students in the classroom. He was one of two fathers who filed a court application in August to prevent schools from reopening if stricter COVID-19 protections weren’t in place. That application was dismissed last week. (Contributed photo)
B.C. dad pledges to appeal quashed call for mandatory masks, distancing in schools

Bernard Trest and Gary Shuster challenged health, education ministries’ return-to-school plan

Most Read