Students lay poppies in honour of Edmonton's fallen
No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation holds ceremonies across the country
Thousands of military graves in Edmonton cemeteries will be decorated with poppies this Remembrance Day, as local children honour Canada's fallen.
Students, largely from local junior high schools, will mark the headstones, take a moment to reflect, and thank soldiers by name, aloud.
"It's really quite a profound moment for a lot of them," said NSLA president Randall Purvis, who believes the ceremonies are a powerful way to engage a generation that has been largely sheltered from the tragedy of war.
"Sometimes it's fear, and for some of them, if they're lucky, they've never been to a cemetery before. So it's very emotional."
Purvis and his wife, Maureen, founded the organization after their daughter asked why so many military headstones were left barren on Nov. 11.
It all started five years ago in Beechmount Cemetery on 104th Street.
Maureen Purvis, the daughter of two Second World War veterans, promised her dying mother more than 30 years ago that she would not be forgotten on Remembrance Day.
Every November, she visited her mother's grave, laying a poppy in remembrance. The family was continuing the tradition for yet another year, when their daughter noticed that many veterans' headstones sat neglected.
Now, the organization works with the military, volunteer committees, students and Alberta educators, and has grown into a national movement.
This year, the NSLA will place 23,000 poppies in seven provinces across the country.
The Beechmount Remembrance Ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m.on Tuesday.
You can learn more about No Stone Left Alone, and ceremonies in other locations here.