On Thursday, May 8 students at Garth Webb Secondary School honored the 69th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe with a Victory in Europe Day Victory Ball Celebration.
The grade 9 and 10 students at Garth Webb Secondary School were also recognized for their outstanding contribution to the Juno Beach Centre Association’s Canada’s D-Day Tribute Campaign.
Special guests of the Victory Ball included Second World War Veterans James Warford, Arthur “Art” Bernard and Gordon Smith, as well as Oakville Mayor, Rob Burton.
Students and guests were treated to cake and punch, jazz music and a swing dancing demonstration and lesson courtesy of Hamilton dance troop, the Hammer Hoppers.
The veterans all had the opportunity to share their war time experiences with the students. As described by Mr. Warford, “War is not glamorous…it’s not what you see in the movies.”
But they also praised the youth of Garth Webb Secondary School for their efforts to keep the memory alive, and wished them the best for their future lives, with Mr. Bernard concluding, “may it be peaceful.”
Thank you to Sandra Rogers and Pam Calvert for helping to organize the event, and also to our friends at The Memory Project.
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