The Edmonton-born tradition of laying poppies at fallen soldiers’ headstones continues as part of the now national No Stone Left Alone Campaign.
At the kickoff Monday in Edmonton’s Beechmount Cemetery, Brigadier General Simon Heatherington spoke to students who volunteered to lay the poppies.
“Thank you for what you’re doing today, and I hope that you’ll continue to keep faith with our fallen as you move forward in your lives. Pass on this remarkable tribute of placing a poppy on the headstone of the fallen to your own children when that time comes.”
Edmonton MP Randy Boissonault told those gathered it’s a simple act with an important message.
“Each of us can do our part to keep the peace today and every day. This is an impressive program demonstrating leadership, remembrance, and respect for Canada’s veterans.”
In 25 cities across Canada, 6800 junior high students will be laying nearly 45,000 poppies on military graves. (ms, kdr)