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Dianne MacLean takes a breath and steadies herself behind the podium.
The girls and Guiders presented their Poppy banner to the Clarenville Legion.
As summer fades into fall and the school year begins again we often get caught up in our busy schedules.
For many there is little break until Thanksgiving when we pause to appreciate the simple joys in life: the company of loved ones and a good home-cooked meal.
None of these comforts however would be possible if it weren't for the fact that that we have freedom in this country and that, sadly, many lives have been lost to preserve this.
Remembrance Day is another opportunity to again be thankful and to honour men and women who fight to protect our freedom.
This year in particular holds personal meaning in the hearts of many people in this province, as it marks 100 years since the battle of Beaumont Hamel.
Girl Guides of Canada units across Newfoundland and Labrador participated in activities through the year to earn a special crest in commemoration of this 100th anniversary.
On Nov. 11 the various branches of Guiding (Sparks, Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders) and their Guiders in Clarenville marched in the Remembrance Day parade and participated in special activities in the afternoon to teach the girls about Beaumont Hamel and earn this special crest.
In addition to these activities, the Guiders wanted to create something lasting to commemorate this important part of our heritage.
They decided to make a keepsake — a Poppy Banner — for the local Legion.
Girls from all units help make a felt poppy and pinned it on a banner sewn by the Port Blandford Quilting Club. The banner itself is a silhouette of a soldier standing armed, surrounded by the girls' red poppies. At his feet are white poppies, or peace poppies, created by the Guiders.
This banner paints a picture of what we should always remember - that lives have been lost for our freedom and that peace is a cherished joy but not a simple one.
The banner was hung at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 27 in Clarenville for the Legion's Remembrance Day supper.
The Guiders and the girls hope that everyone who sees this banner will pause for just a moment to remember and be thankful, not only on Remembrance Day but every day.
For more information on membership for girls or adult members visit http://www.girlguides.ca or call 1-800-565-8111.