Canada Day Memorial
This Monday, 20 Folkestone Academy Year 6 students were fortunate enough to be involved in Canada Day celebrations in memory of the Canadian soldiers who fell, fighting in World War One. Along with pupils from other local schools, the children visited Shorncliffe Memorial Cemetery and decorated Canadian soldiers’ graves with posies of flowers which they had brought from home.
After decorating the graves the pupils observed a two minute silence as a sign of respect, and an opportunity for everyone involved to reflect on the great courage and bravery of the soldiers. Following this, they listened respectfully to a speech from the Mayor followed by a bagpipe performance.
The Canada Day Service commemorates the 305 Canadian soldiers who died during the First World War and are buried in the Shorncliffe Military Cemetery. The service was attended by local civic dignitaries, representatives from the Canadian High Commission and Canadian Provincial Governments, the local British Army Command, War Graves Commission, Veterans and Old Comrades’ Associates.
Overall, it was a moving and valuable event to be involved in. We would like to thank all of our pupils for their maturity, and the courteous and respectful way they handled the event. You were an absolute credit to the school.