In the course of preparing for my prior post for Remembrance Day, I came across Veterans Affairs Canada’s Postcards for Peace initiative. It’s such a great idea, I really wanted to share it.
Veteran Affairs Canada’s website describes the program as:
Postcards for Peace provides an opportunity for youth to send postcards to express messages of thanks to those who served Canada in times of war, military conflict and peace or to still-serving Canadian Armed Forces members. This learning activity allows youth to actively remember the sacrifices and achievements of Canadian Veterans.
They provide both e-cards and a PDF for physical card that can be printed out and then mailed to either veterans or serving Armed Forces members. There’s also a Teacher’s Guide to help facilitate doing this for a school project.
Students, and citizens in general, can post open messages to veterans and soldiers in an online forum, but I think it is better for students to actually fill out a physical postcard and mail that to a specific physical address.
I can’t think of a better way for children to commemorate Remembrance Day.