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Royal Canadian Legion hosts second annual VE Day for Grade 9 students

Grade 9 students at Presentation Junior High School were not around on May 8, 1945, but on Thursday they were taken back to that day nearly 70 years ago.

Nick Taylor was one of those students in attendance at a Victory in Europe day. The ceremony hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion and open to two tours of Grade 9 students throughout the day.

This day hits home for him as his great grandfather served in the Second World War.

“I feel sad for the people that lost their lives but happy that they fought to protect us,” said Taylor. Students watched a 10 minute video about VE-Day, which included interviews with Canadian war veterans.

Peter Burt is Taylor’s social studies teacher. Burt’s brother served in Afghanistan and educating students about this day is something that is very real to him.

“As much as our classrooms are great places to learn about the information around these incidents, it’s nothing like bringing them to places like the legion,” Burt said.

Burt thinks that while students don’t truly grasp the magnitude of learning about VE-Day, they are grateful for it.

“It’s important to us that we continue to teach about what people went through to give us such a beautiful country to live in,” he said.

This is the second annual VE-Day ceremony put off by the Legion in Corner Brook.

Maureen Simon is the Legion president of the legion in Corner Brook. She served in France and thinks that days like this teach students about how precious life is.

“When they’re listening to someone talking and watching a film and can relate to other people, they get more patriotic and excited about things like this,” said Simon.

In addition to the video, students got to hear speeches from both Simon and Legion manager Ron Macneil who have each served in the armed forces.

“People learn more from other people,” said Simon. “This gives them almost a feeling of being there.”

Organizations: Presentation Junior High School, Royal Canadian Legion

Geographic location: Europe, Afghanistan, Corner Brook France

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