Friday Two Cents: Lest We Forget Canada’s Heroes


This week in the kindergarten class we have been going through the motions of the curriculum as always but this week we have been doing something different.  We have been talking about Remembrance Day.  For those of you who do not know, Remembrance Day is on November 11 when we in Canada remember the sacrifices of the men and woman, of our arms forces who served and guarded our freedom.

The children are curious about this idea and many think about soldiers and guns.  But with me I tell them of the reasons these people do their duties.  I say that these people went out to make sure that today you are able to go to school.  Many other children around the world cannot go to school and we in Canada are very fortunate that we can do this.  I also tell them that because these people guard our freedom, you can go with your moms and dads to the store when you want and even McDonald’s too.  That usually gets a laugh from them. 

A reassurance marker for the Highway of Heroes...

A reassurance marker for the Highway of Heroes, which forms a part of Ontario’s Highway 401, the busiest highway in North America. The Highway of Heroes covers approximately 250km of the 815km route. The signage was erected in 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is hard to talk about this subject with kindergarten children but they are very inquisitive and bright.  They need to be made aware that we have what we have because so many sacrificed so much to ensure this right.  Living in Canada many people take it for granted that we have such a great life.  This has always been a particularly important topic to me and I want to ensure that the sacrifices of these brave men and women does not be forgot.

I showed this little video to many children in the past and teachers too.  It’s about the Highway Of Heroes.  In Canada, every soldier who dies is brought back home to the Military base in Trenton, Ontario and then makes the long 2-hour journey to Toronto to the Ontario Coroner’s office.  That stretch of highway has been renamed “Highway of Heroes”.  It is a presentation from what the family would see on their way to Toronto.  I tell you this with no shame that I always get choked up and shed a tear when I see it. 

It is a very powerful video that has a simple message, “Lest We Forget”.  Many who have seen this feel the same as me, and many get choked up too.



To all who have served and are serving, may God bless you and Thank You.  

3 Responses to Friday Two Cents: Lest We Forget Canada’s Heroes

  1. beautifully written

    • Paul Gauchi says:

      Thank You. It is written from the heart.

      • that comes through

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