In a solemn and heartfelt ceremony, the LCS community gathered in the Bryan Jones Theatre to pay tribute to Remembrance Day, a day of profound significance, reflection, and gratitude. Representatives from every grade came together for a cross-disciplinary event, where poignant performances and meaningful tributes fostered a unique learning experience.
The ceremony commenced with a welcome by Mr. Runza followed by a Land Acknowledgement led by the Chapel SICs, underlining the importance of recognizing and honouring the Indigenous peoples on whose land the school stands.
Mr. Runza, along with LCS Pianist Syd Birrell, led the congregation in an Opening Prayer and a heartfelt rendition of O Canada.
Highlights from the Ceremony
The ethereal voices of the Lorelei Consort, led by Ms. Young, resonated through the theatre, as they performed "I’m Homeward Bound." This moving musical tribute set the tone for the ceremony. Co-Head Students Jane ’24 and Luke ’24 then shared a profound reading from the book of Isaiah 2:4, connecting the past and present through scripture.
Mrs. Darby took the stage to share a captivating story from the LCS Archives, weaving a narrative that bridged generations and emphasized the importance of preserving history for future understanding.
The Rock Choir, led by Mr. Bemrose, Mr. Braeckman, and Mr. Reddon, paid homage with a powerful rendition of "Highway of Heroes."
Mr. Gilfillan delivered remarks that resonated deeply with the audience, acknowledging the significance of Remembrance Day and the enduring impact of those who have served.
Alistair ’24 and Anna ’24 then solemnly read the names, each one a poignant reminder of the individuals who sacrificed their lives. The room was filled with a sense of reverence and gratitude as the congregation joined in acknowledging each name spoken.
The atmosphere grew still as Mr. Runza and Veda ’26 played "The Last Post," followed by a Minute of Silence.
Syd led the congregation in singing "Make Me a Channel of Your Peace," a prayer for peace and unity, echoing the sentiments of the day. The heartfelt rendition emphasized the collective desire for a more peaceful world.
Lakefield College School is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12, located in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada.
We respectfully acknowledge that Lakefield College School is located on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory and in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations, which include: Curve Lake, Hiawatha, Alderville, Scugog Island, Rama, Beausoleil, and Georgina Island First Nations. Lakefield College School respectfully acknowledges that the Williams Treaties First Nations are the stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters in perpetuity and that they continue to maintain this responsibility to ensure their health and integrity for generations to come.