Their work never ends, but their active 2016 campaign kicked off on November 1 in Prince Edward Island. That’s where No Stone Left Alone began this year’s process of engaging junior high school students in the process of laying a poppy on the graves of fallen Canadian soldiers.
Randall Purvis is a founding member of No Stone Left Alone, and he said that from PEI they went on to visit 104 cemeteries across the country.
“We finished up in Montreal, and what we have done, we have laid 44500 poppies on soldier’s headstones all across the country. We had almost 6700 students and well over 8000 volunteers across the country.”
Purvis shared with us a touching moment from an Edmonton cemetery a couple of years ago where he was approached by a woman just ahead of their ceremony.
“She says, ‘would you mind if I could get involved?’ She had two children, and she just said, ‘well, my husband has been killed overseas and I just want to say “thanks”.’ It was a profound moment, the beginning of many many profound moments.”
Purvis is now at the Hotel MacDonald for Saturday’s fundraising black tie Dance to Remember.
“On Remembrance Day the soldiers all over the country would go to the Legions and their little halls and community halls and they would celebrate. They would really celebrate their service, celebrate their remembrance week, and it would be sort of a national tradition. So, we started the idea, ‘let’s do a Dance to Remember’.”