In Gratitude of Silence
By: Debbie Holick
Silent now the soldiers sleep, their tales long laid to rest.
I knew them not yet still I weep and place a poppy o’er my breast.
They were husbands, brothers, fathers, sons; so valiantly they fought.
On shores stained red, on hands and knees; it was our freedom that they sought.
Courageously they stood their ground but freedom carries a cost.
Thousands of men were wounded and countless lives were lost.
So in gratitude of silence and all those who have served,
sleep now, you have earned it. Your peace is well deserved.
A Visit to the Trenches
Students draw on this experiential field trip to reflect on the difficult times and the sacrifices that soldiers made for Canada and peace in the world. Back in the classroom, students are understanding the dramatic impact World War I and all conflicts have on the mental well-being of all those involved in war.