2021 No Stone Left Alone ceremony: ‘We will remember’ | Globalnews.ca
On Thursday, Nov. 4, a special tradition to remember the fallen continued.
No Stone Left Alone started with one family and has now grown into an effort to ensure every soldier is remembered with a poppy. It is now in its 11th year.
Global News is proud to partner with the No Stone Left Alone Foundation that serves to honour the sacrifice and service of Canada’s military, by educating students and placing poppies on the headstones of veterans every November.
On Thursday, the No Stone Left Alone ceremony at Edmonton’s Beechmount Cemetery was streamed live online at GlobalNews.ca.
The No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation hosts Remembrance Day events for students with the mission to place poppies on the headstones of veterans, while educating the public on the stories of sacrifice by members of the armed forces.
The project is a personal passion for foundation president Maureen Bianchini-Purvis.
The daughter of two Second World War veterans, she promised her dying mother that she would not be forgotten on Remembrance Day.
Year after year, she visited her mother’s grave at Beechmount Cemetery in Edmonton, laying a poppy in remembrance, and continuing the tradition with her own children.
When her daughters noticed the many graves in the Field of Honour that lay bare, the idea for No Stone Left Alone was born.
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“I remember being a young child and standing at my grandmother’s headstone and since it’s on the other side of the cemetery, you look out at this vast grouping of hundreds and hundreds of headstones and I said, ‘Mom, why is it just us? Why is it only our grandparents that have a poppy? Don’t all these souls deserve to be recognized?’” Keely Yates said.
“I think it was profound for a 10-year-old to say. And she decided to run with it. And now, look where we are 10 years later.”
Today, the non-profit organization works with the military, volunteer committees, students and Alberta educators.
Students — typically in junior high — place the poppies, and learn about the sacrifices made by Canada’s veterans, and those who still serve today.
Since its launch in 2011 in Edmonton, more than 100 ceremonies now occur in 68 communities across Canada and are attended by elected officials, military, Indigenous leaders and local dignitaries.
No Stone Left Alone initiative continues to have impact
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