HHSS Students honour veterans
|By Joseph Quigley - Staff Writer | Nov. 17, 2018|
Haliburton Highlands Secondary School students honoured every World War veteran they could find with a special Remembrance Day assembly Nov. 9.
Students from the school’s leadership class organized the assembly, which featured a presentation with details of locals who fought in the First and Second World Wars. The presentation and assembly were the product of a week of research from the class, said Grade 12 student Lexie Tait.
“It’s important to show a bit about their life because most people look at them as just a name,” Tait said. “We actually gave them a personality and a face, and how they lived, and it made them more important to people.”
The assembly also featured a play depicting First World War put on by drama students, written and directed by Grade 10 student Anabelle Craig. The short play featured no speaking, with students representing different countries acting out conflict.
“I wanted to somehow show the abstract causes of World War I,” Craig said. “A lot of people in the theatre, they have family who fought in World War I and I didn’t really want to take away from the death and the loss felt by everyone.”
Tait said researching for the assembly’s presentation was tear-jerking.
“All they wanted to do was protect their family and their friends and their country,” she said.