November 6, 2014 11:15 am
Updated: November 10, 2015 4:39 pm

WATCH: Students honour fallen soldiers at No Stone Left Alone ceremony


WATCH ABOVE: Full No Stone Left Alone ceremony in case you missed our live stream.

EDMONTON — A tradition that started with one Edmonton family has grown into a ceremony that aims to ensure every fallen soldier is remembered with a poppy before Remembrance Day.

The No Stone Left Alone ceremony at Beechmount Cemetery in Edmonton was live streamed across Canada on Global News websites this year, as well as into Alberta classrooms.

No Stone Left Alone started in Edmonton in 2011. It’s the vision of Maureen Bianchini Purvis, whose parents served for Canada in World War II.

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“My mother passed away when I was a young girl of 12, and as she was dying she asked not to be forgotten on Remembrance Day,” Bianchini-Purvis said at the 2013 ceremony.

To honour her mother’s dying wish, Bianchini-Purvis has been coming to Edmonton’s Beechmount Cemetery each November to place a poppy on the graves of her parents.

One year while doing so, her daughter noticed that many soldiers’ headstones did not have a poppy. From that day, it became their mission to one day see a poppy placed at every soldiers’ headstone across Canada.

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And so came No Stone Left Alone. The ceremony is held the week before Remembrance Day so students can participate. Over the past four years, No Stone Left Alone has grown to see more than 38 schools and 3,400 students in Edmonton place poppies at 20,000 headstones of fallen soldiers.

The No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with the military, volunteer committees, students and Alberta educators.





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