No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation is, among the leading agencies, dedicated to honouring and remembering Canada’s veterans. The unique ceremony provides students and youth with an authentic experience that creates knowledge, understanding and appreciation of those who serve and of the sacrifice of Canada’s fallen. No Stone Left Alone was launched in 2011 by Mrs. Maureen G. Bianchini-Purvis in recognition of the sacrifice of the Canadian men and women who have lost their lives in the service of peace, at home and abroad. It became her mission to see that one day all of the soldiers' headstones would have a poppy placed in their honour and the cemetery would resemble the idea of Flanders Fields where the poppies grow "row on row."
On Wednesday, November 6 all of the Grade 5/6 students from Souris School took part in the No Stone Left Alone ceremony in at the Souris-Glenwood Cemetery. The purpose of the ceremony was to honour the sacrifice and service of Canada’s military by educating students and placing poppies on the headstones of each veteran. The school representatives hopes this will become an annual event so they can provide an authentic, community-based learning experience for our students by recognizing those who have served and continue to serve our great country. Visiting the cemetery and actively participating in this ceremony was a highly impactful learning event that allowed students to connect curriculum to relevant and meaningful real-life experiences.
The staff expressed a heartfelt thank you to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #60 in Souris, Darren Janz, and Ryan Lawson for facilitating this significant event.