As the years pass and the gaps between conflicts and current generations widen, it is important to consider why – and how – we remember. While most adults can understand the value of Remembrance Day and the need to reflect and study past conflicts and events, sharing such knowledge with young children can be difficult. Grandparents from the Great War have passed on, and the surviving numbers of those who served in the Second World War are quickly diminishing. As educators, parents, and responsible members of society, how can we help children comprehend Remembrance Day? Is it possible, or even beneficial, to teach children concepts of war and the sacrifices made by those who served and those who continue to serve?
In the videos below, children from schools in Ottawa and Regina share their own ideas of Remembrance Day.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.