Remembrance Day Ceremony
Remembrance Day on November 11 is a memorial day to honor armed forces members who have died in the line of duty. It is also a special moment to give our students the keys to understand the world of today.
In Canada, as in Commonwealth countries, the poppy is a symbol of remembrance. In France, it is the cornflower, whose color recalls the uniforms of the Poilus, which pays tribute to all those who died for the country. That is why, all LFT students and staff wore that day a sticker representing these two flowers.
For this solemn ceremony, we had the pleasure of having Dr. Alis B. Kennedy, Métis veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, Colonel Roger Vandomme, active with the defence services of the French Embassy in Canada, Jean-Pierre Pilaprat, representative of the Souvenir Français and co-chairman of the French Embassy in Canada. Kennedy, Métis veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, Colonel Roger Vandomme, active with the defence services of the French Embassy in Canada, Jean-Pierre Pilaprat, representative of the Souvenir Français and co-president of the FDM-TO association, Gérard Poupée, Commander of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques and representative of the Souvenir Français and Olivier Giffaux, representative of the French Abroad.
At 2pm, after the remarks and the reading of the poem "In Flanders Fields", two minutes of silence were observed by the whole community, followed by the French and Canadian national anthems to end with the Act of Remembrance.
Check out this special and emotional ceremony on our Instagram account @lyceeFrancaisToronto.