Schools across Alberta held their annual Remembrance Day Ceremonies and two Golden Hills School Division schools in Drumheller were no different.
Greentree Elementary School and Drumheller Valley Secondary School both held ceremonies in lieu of Remembrance Day this Sunday.
Members of the Drumheller Legion, Town Council, and RCMP were present at both schools. The Girl Guides and Scouts were in uniform during the at the Greentree ceremony as well.
Veteran and Drumheller Legion member Larry Keddy spoke to the young minds at Greentree and was very moved.
"When I look out and I see these young people, there is the future of Canada. There are our future peacekeepers, our future military people who are going to keep us safe."
There was a new face as the guest speaker for Drumheller Valley Secondary School. Lieutenant Colonel Troy G. Steele traveled from Edmonton to give a very eye-opening and moving speech of his experience in battle.
"Basically what I wanted to do was identify what makes veterans unique within society, and then introduce people to The Canadian Forces. Have them understand parts of the forces and the conflicts we have been drawn into," he continued. "What does a veteran sacrifice? What is the cost? I am very very proud that the high school put on such a high-quality presentation. This was flipping fantastic."
The ceremony also included students reading letters of soldiers who wrote letters back home to their loved ones.
"I think that it means a lot for us because we are putting ourselves out there and acknowledging the sacrifice these people made," explained DVSS student Brandon Holden, who was among those reading the letters. "But it also means a lot to the veterans to see that young people are coming out and are committed to these kinds of events."