Event - Remembrance Day Service

11 November 2015

This year marked the 101st year since the beginning of the First World War. The 11th November annually marks a very special date in our calendars to observe two minutes silence for all those who have not just died in the both World Wars, but every war since then.

With this in mind, pupils, staff, family, friends and parishioners assembled in the hall at 11 o’clock to remember and show our respect for all fallen comrades. Our Remembrance Day service began with a radio broadcast from Neville Chamberlain declaring war with Germany. It also included children from Year 1 and 5 leading many of the traditional readings expected, as well as a trumpet rendition of ‘The Last Post’ to mark the end of the two minutes’ silence.

The two minutes’ silence was followed by two very brave reception children raising the Great British flag while a representative from each year group carried creative poppy wreaths, made in class, to the front of the hall. A piano instrumental of ‘I Vow to Thee My Country’ echoed in the background as all reflected on the ultimate sacrifice made.

Following this, everyone assembled to sing the National Anthem together, as typically seen in a traditional service. Given the sombre and respectful atmosphere held in the hall, Year 1 and 5 concluded our service with a rousing rendition of ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary/Pack Up Your Troubles’ which they did superbly.

Many thanks go to all those parents, grandparents, parishioners and visitors who gathered to join the Abbey in our Remembrance Day service. A particular thank you goes to our two visitors from Queen Mary’s Grammar School who came, dressed in uniform, to give a session to Year 5 all about The First World War and areas in Europe worst affected, such as Ypres and Verdun.

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old, Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember them."


Flag post stands alone in the hall.
 
Thank you to all the children who read during the service.

A poignant rendition of ‘The Last Post’.
 
Reception children raise the Great British flag.

A poppy cross with the names of soldiers buried in the Abbey cemetery.
 
Pupils presenting their poppy contributions in front of the flag post.

Lest we forget.
 
Pupils singing ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’.

The service concludes with ‘Pack up your Troubles’.
 
Pupils from the school listening to parishioners’ personal stories of the war.

Thank you to staff from Queen Mary’s Grammar School who delivered a lesson to Year 5 on the War.