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Schools across WSD held advance Remembrance Day services on Nov. 10, to honour the sacrifices of military personnel to ensure the rights and freedoms Canadians treasure today.
Those schools included Andrew Mynarski VC School, which is named after the posthumous Victoria Cross recipient. On June 13, 1944, Mynarski sacrificed his life to save a fellow officer on board a doomed Royal Canadian Air Force Lancaster plane prior to crashing. He is honoured throughout the school year round, including a historical display in the front hallway and a large mural facing McPhillips Street.
"Remembrance Day already holds a significant place in our hearts here at Andrew Mynarski VC School, simply because of the legacy of our namesake," said Principal Greg Bouchard. "Andrew Mynarski was a North End kid…he gave his life to save a colleague and received the ultimate honour with the Victoria Cross.
"We often say that Andrew Mynarski wasn't much older than the students sitting in this gymnasium today."
The story provided a natural segue into the sacrifices many Canadians made—and continue to make—in times of conflict.
"They fought for the freedoms we have now, so it's very important," added student Harnette Vivo.
Fransise Timog, who serves as a co-prime minister at the school alongside Harnette, said it was important to continue to honour the sacrifices made by so many people: "It's just being respectful of the people who risked their lives for us."
Along with the playing of "The Last Post" and recitation of In Flanders Fields, student Ricki Lynn-Crain read her original poem A Gentle Breeze, and Platoon Sgt. Pedro Correia and Capt. Bob Barry (of the Canadian Forces and UN/Royal Canadian Air Force, respectively) also addressed students.