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SDSS Interact Club honours fallen soldiers

At 56 St. and Hwy 17 are 38 white crosses with poppies honouring soldiers who died in war. - Adrian MacNair photo
At 56 St. and Hwy 17 are 38 white crosses with poppies honouring soldiers who died in war.
— image credit: Adrian MacNair photo

This week drivers who enter Tsawwassen will be greeted with a solemn yet delicate reminder of lives lost in war.

Close to 40 small white crosses have been planted in a field at the corner of 56th Street and Highway 17, with poppies bundled to their bases and featuring the names of local soldiers who died in war.

The project was organized by students in the Interact Club at South Delta Secondary School, a group sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen.

Sherrie Jamieson, liaison between the Tsawwassen Rotary Club and Interact students, said about 37 students in Grades 8 to 12 are involved in the club.

She said the crosses were made by members of a now inactive Rotaract Club (a service club for young adults). Three years ago, the SDSS students heard about the project from a visiting Rotary Club member and decided to start it up again.

The Interact Club is also in the process of learning more about the veterans named on the crosses through organizations like the Delta Museum and Archives Society, Jamieson said.

The display runs from Nov. 5 to 12.

This week the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen is also celebrating World Interact Week (Nov. 5-11), commemorating 50 years since the creation of Rotary International's first chartered Interact Club.

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