SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Students from Sacred Heart Catholic School in Espanola and others enrolled in the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board’s Our Lady of Lourdes Virtual Academy joined together to put together a virtual recording to honour Canadian soldiers in time for Remembrance Day.
The students, along with members of the Canadian Military Wives Choir in Kingston, put together a rendition of the song Highway of Heroes by The Trews. It has been posted to the board’s YouTube Channel.
Teacher Jodi Bourcier hopes this is the first of many virtual choir and band projects this year. “This was quite a project to coordinate and I thank everyone who was involved for their dedication and patience in seeing this come to fruition. As usual, the students put their heart and souls into this project and they should be very proud of the finished product. I know I am,” said Bourcier.
Michelle Smith is currently President of the Kingston Chapter of the Canadian Military Wives
Choir. She participated in the recording, as did Bourcier’s sister-in-law, Katrina Telfer, and three of her children. Bourcier’s brother, Major Ryan Telfer, is stationed in Kingston.
“As a military wife, each tasking, exercise, and deployment can be difficult. We never really know if our soldier is going to be okay when they are far away from home. Their job does not come without risk, and we understand that our soldiers need our support and love in order to perform at their best. We hope and pray when they leave that they will return home to us and their families unscathed. We also take comfort in gathering together, in groups such as the Canadian Military Wives Choirs,” said Smith.
The video includes many more people than are seen on the screen, as many students chose to send audio recordings instead of appearing on video. The instrumental track was created primarily by students with many levels of experience.
“I was a part of the virtual choir and rock band because I like playing my instruments and find it fun to do. The song Highway of Heroes is important because it helps us remember all of the soldiers who have died while serving our country,” said Grade 8 Virtual Academy student, Logan Yusko.
“Something that made this project challenging was how many times I had to re-record because some of the notes were really squeaky. This song in particular was important because it talks about war and remembering those who fought for our country,” said Grade 8 Virtual Academy student, Haileigh Bond.
To view the recording go to: https://youtu.be/sZkKtMuf0ek
The board is very appreciative of The Trews and BMG for their permission to use the Highway of Heroes song.