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Two hundred students from Eagle Heights Public School had the chance to learn a little more about Remembrance Day than what the textbooks teach, thanks to a unique program offered to them by Minto Properties.
Last Thursday and Friday (Nov. 1-2), the students were invited to Cherryhill Mall where the group had the opportunity to listen to a special presentation on Remembrance Day and its importance given by Sean Wilson, as well as speak with actual veterans who have served in conflicts around the world.
Kaeli-Ann was one of those students who had the chance to speak with Fred MacDonald, a Second World War veteran who was a tank driver with the Canadian Army’s 1st Hussars, and was among the thousands of Canadian troops that landed in Normandy on D-Day.
She said not only was it “really cool” to talk with someone that actually fought for Canada, but that person could be directly responsible for the rights and freedoms we have today.
Kaeli-Ann also noted it puts a lot of the problems people think they have — especially her peers — in a different context.
“There are people in our generation who say ‘Oh no, my phone died, I have the worst problems in the world,’ but these are people who actually went through a war.”
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