Dawson holds a poetry reading for Remembrance Day
By Jennifer Hughes
The Dawson Student Union (DSU) held a poetry reading to commemorate the fallen and explore the issues of war and peace on Nov. 11.
The reading, which took place in Oliver’s from 10:30-12 p.m., invited students and staff to recite their favorite poems related to Remembrance Day. “It’s a good way to remember what happened,” Matthew Mancini, Director of Communication and Media of the DSU, said.
“As much as we have that moment of silence, people don’t always take the time to think. When you have poetry, which is such a great way to talk about difficult subjects like this, people will be able to [better] reflect on what it really means,” Mancini said.
“In Flanders Fields,” a poem written by Canadian Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae during the first World War, has managed to touch people worldwide and help us all to remember the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country. It has also helped to create the symbol of remembrance: the poppy.
This year, for the duration of a week, a veteran who served in the 70s was stationed in Dawson’s upper atrium to sell poppy pins. However, with a lack of personnel in the Alexis Nihon mall, the five-year veteran, Tom Stibernik, was moved in front of the IGA grocery store. “It [being at Dawson] was a very nice experience. It was nice to see lots of students coming by to pick up a poppy.”
“The idea is that it’s more important to remember than the amount someone [donates],” Stibernik said. The money donated for the poppies goes towards helping veterans, said Leslie Newman, who has been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 32 years and is also selling poppies in Alexis Nihon.
“It [the poppy] brings awareness,” Marilyn, a Social Science student said. “People laid their lives down for us… I find that forgetting it just wouldn’t be right. We need to remember.”