One the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month we will continue to honour all those who have died in conflicts. This year’s Remembrance Assembly might not be like those of the past, with the ceremonial representation from our armed forces cadets and guests from the Royal British Legion but the sentiment still remains. A virtual assembly across our school will include prayers and quiet reflection as we remember the sacrifice of the Armed Forces community from Britain and the Commonwealth, as we pay tribute to the special contribution of families and of the emergency services and as we acknowledge innocent civilians who have lost their lives in conflict and acts of terrorism.
This year our students have created their own military medals like those given in recognition of service and bravery throughout the many conflicts. They are seen here alongside our remembrance display which also is adorned with poppies, a symbol of remembrance and hope. This delicate yet resilient flower grew in abundance amidst such a chaotic landscape, and which was the inspiration for the famous poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae.
Another memorable poem used in prayer is that by Laurence Binyon who wrote “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them or the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.