In the front entry way of Crowther Memorial Junior High School in Strathmore sits a one of a kind Remembrance Day memorial behind glass.
The school has acquired a pair of combat boots that were used at the 100th anniversary ceremony of the First World War at Vimy Ridge in France in 2017.
The ceremony marked the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial on April 9, 2017.
The ceremony featured thousands of pairs of combat boots, which were placed by Canadian and French students. They represent the four divisions of the Canadian Corps that fought as one formation for the first time at Vimy.
Anne Paskevich, explained, “They represent a person and there are 3,600 pairs of boots that were used to symbolize a person that died at that battle from World War One.”
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of hostilities at the end of the First World War.
It took about two years, but the school registered and was sent the pair of boots.
“That’s how popular the program was,” said Paskevich. “After we are finished with them, we mail them on to another school,” she said. The boots will travel and be on display all year.
In addition to their display and Remembrance Day ceremony on November 9, the school is also collecting soup and socks for veterans.
“We realize a lot of veterans are homeless and they have asked for socks and we are trying to get the food to the Veterans Food Bank in Calgary, but we are going through the Strathmore Legion with that,” said Paskevich.