Lake City Secondary principal Gregg Gaylord said on Remembrance Day his mind always slips back to his grandfather Charles Gaylord.
“During the First World War my grandfather was away from home for four years, leaving a wife and five young boys,” Gaylord told students at the Columneetza campus during a Remembrance Day service held last Friday.
“As I became older I gained a greater appreciation for Remembrance Day and its significant impact it had on my family.”
His grandfather was medically discharged from the war after he was injured.
While carrying the stretcher of a fallen soldier, he was shot in the neck and lost hearing in his right ear.
“I often think about what he saw and what he heard when he was carrying the stretcher,” Gaylord added.
During the Second World War Charles was stationed in P.E.I. as a military policeman.
“Every Remembrance Day I think fondly about pop, what he sacrificed for our country and our family. I also think of how fortunate we are to live where we do and how lucky we are to have the privileges we enjoy today.”
Looking out into the full gymnasium Gaylord encouraged the students to think about all the men and women who have sacrificed for them during the wars of the past and the conflicts happening today.