On November 7th, 2016 at 10 am there will be a Ceremony at the Transcona Field of Honor in the Transcona Cemetery.
Approximately 200 school children will attend and place a cross and poppy on each of the graves of the military personnel that returned from war and lived their lives being buried in this Field of Honor.
The Transcona Legion will perform a service, the color party will march on the Colors and the President of the Legion will present a wreath at the cenotaph.
Peter Martin – Co-ordinator for this campaign —
I have been appointed by the Transcona Legion to coordinate the distribution
of speakers who will address School assemblies on November 10th about the significance of Remembrance Day.
I was also asked to coordinate the initiative called “No Stone Left Alone” which started in Alberta in 2011.
The “No Stone Left Alone “ Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization working directly with our Canadian Armed Forces, educators across the country, and numerous volunteers to EDUCATE, ACT and HONOUR our military fallen that lay in the Fields of Honour across Canada.
The purpose is to recognize the sacrifices of our military and place a poppy, the symbol of Remembrance on every headstone. Through our ceremonial efforts, our main goals are to educate and engage the next generation, as well as to help raise awareness and funds for our Canadian veterans, serving soldiers and their families.
2016 marks the 6th annual commemoration ceremonies for No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation.
This year the Transcona Legion has decided to participate in this initiative in conjunction with the River East Transcona School Division. I have also received participation interest from Emanuel Christian School and Balmoral MB school.
On Monday, November 7th at 10:00am over 400 Grade 6 students will arrive at the Transcona Cemetery for the brief ceremony cumulating with the placing of poppies at the foot of each soldier’s grave in the Fields of Honour. Many graves will have two students standing in honour of the soldier which will make for an impressive sight.
As I was planning this ceremony, I realized that not all Transcona soldiers are buried in the Fields of Honour in our cemetery, as some are buried with family members elsewhere. I do not want these brave citizens to be forgotten during our ceremony.
If any person who has a family member or friend that served our Country in Military service and they are not buried in the Fields of Honour, we encourage you to attend our ceremony on November 7th. You will receive a poppy from the Transcona Legion that you can place on the grave of someone who served that also deserves our thanks and appreciation.
We suggest that you arrive before 10:00am and go up to any Legion member to obtain your poppy and then proceed to the grave of your loved one and place the poppy at the foot of their grave.
We feel that this ceremony involving students will connect them in a more powerful way to those Transcona citizens who served their country.