Poem Written by Filipino-Canadian High School Student Chosen for
Canada’s Remembrance Day Event in Vancouver
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19 November 2015 – A poem composed by a Filipino-Canadian high school student was chosen as one of the highlights during Canada’s Remembrance Day commemoration in Vancouver last 11 November 2015.
Claire Baguio’s poem entitled, “We Remember” was chosen from among hundreds of entries in this year’s Remembrance Day’s event. She delivered a moving recitation of the poem during the program in front of an audience of 10,000 people. After reading, she was presented a plaque of appreciation from the Mayor of Vancouver.
Claire is currently enrolled in Grade 12 at the Little Flower Academy, Vancouver’s Catholic High School for girls. Her family hails from Cebu City and moved to Canada in 2000. Even when she was young, Claire has displayed talent in literary work and music. She recently submitted a poem to a contest of the Poetry Institute of Canada which has become one of the finalists.
The annual Remembrance Day event took place at Victory Square where it has been continuously held for almost a century without gap. Every year, Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance to remember the gallant men and women in uniform who served the country during times of conflict recalling especially those who lost their lives.
This year marks the 97th anniversary of the First World War Armistice. Government officials, active and retired military personnel, members of the diplomatic corps and the Canadian community assembled at the downtown Vancouver’s historic square. Simultaneous ceremonies were held in other parts of British Columbia and across Canada.
As in the previous celebrations, the program included a 21-gun salute and fly-by of aircrafts in flying formation from the Canadian Royal Air Force. Select organizations and representatives from various Consulates General laid their wreaths at the Cenotaph followed by a street parade. - END