Students pay tribute to veterans with vigil

Grade 7 students from Birchwood Intermediate School paid tribute to veterans at their own ceremony Monday.

Birchwood Grade 7 students hold candlelight ceremony at Whisperwood Villa

Grade 7 students from Birchwood Intermediate School paid tribute to veterans at Whisperwood Villa in Charlottetown with a candlelight vigil. 2:18

Grade 7 students from Birchwood Intermediate School paid tribute to veterans at their own ceremony Monday.

The 23 students from Melanie Myer's class took part in a candlelight vigil at Whisperwood Villa in Charlottetown.

The vigil is modelled off a similar ceremony that European children take part in each year.

The children each carried a candle representing soldiers who have passed away. They also honoured the 13 veterans who still live at Whisperwood.

Dave Campbell, an educational assistant at Birchwood who has also served as a soldier, helped organize the event.

"The fact that they're being recognized, not only as a group, but also individually. I think it brings back that sense of military pride," said Campbell.

"And it's necessary to instill this with our children because they are the legacy that's going to carry on for years to come."              

Campbell hopes this will become a tradition at Birchwood and that other schools will also pick up the torch next year.

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