Caption: The class Onondaga-Brant that created the D-Day simulation and ran the Remembrance Day ceremony.
Remembrance Day at Onondaga-Brant school is a ceremony that centres around student participation.
The grades 6 and 7 students were the main creators who transformed the school change room into a D-Day simulation.
The simulation includes exiting a plane and entering the D-Day beach, then being in a hospital and finally returning back home. The simulation also takes you by a cemetery.
The planning of the ceremony and creation of the D-Day simulation took three and a half days. The display included museum artifacts such as helmets and uniforms of soldiers. An unarmed bomb provided by a museum was also a unique feature to this D-Day experience.
The mass focused on teaching the students about what a soldier went through in the various wars that Canada has been involved in. The students are also learning about the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that a soldier may face.
This is important to highlight because the of the school’s ongoing education about mental health and wellness throughout the year. The concept of PTSD in a soldier is explained through a variety of information, stories and pictures that are placed on the walls in the main hall.
The work that the students of Onondaga -Brant put into when creating and understanding their D-Day simulation, shows the respect they have gained from their education on wars and soldiers.
Captions: The first picture is of a bulletin board display that includes information about mental health of soldiers and descriptions of wars and why they were fought. The second is of an unarmed bomb from a museum that is displayed in the D-Day simulation created by students. And the third is the simulated camp for a soldier during D-Day.