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Students laying poppies at veterans’ graves

When Ecole Secondaire Cochrane High School teacher Margaret Burkholder was looking for something connected with Remembrance Day that’s meaningful for students , she discovered the Edmonton-based project called “No Stone Left Unturned”.

Students are helping her compile a list of veterans’ graves in the two Cochrane cemeteries… and four in outlying communities.

Starting November 2nd, they’ll start leaving standard Legion poppies there.

“You use the pin of the poppy and you insert it into the ground right at the base of the headstone,” Burkholder explains. “And then we’re asked to go after Remembrance Day and actually pick all those poppies up. We don’t leave them there as a permanent thing.”

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The local Legion branch is supplying the poppies and helping pay for the gas for the 30 students to go to the cemeteries.

Burkholder hopes the public understands that the group is doing its best, but might miss some graves, because records aren’t as good as hoped.

“We’re trying to find as many as we’re made award of,” she assures. “If we do miss a veteran’s headstone, it’s not intentional.”

In a case like that, you can notify Burkholder and the oversight will be corrected for next year.

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