Our school bell will ring at 11am for all students and staff to come together in silence to remember ALL the fallen.
We thank Mr Turner for an interesting and informative Remembrance Assembly this morning, 102 years after the Armistice treaty was signed between the Allies and Germany at the end of the First World War. It was particularly moving with the personal link to the old EGS students who are mentioned in our Book of Remembrance 1914-1919.
The 2 minute silence has been a tradition since 1945 to remember all those killed and injured during the 2 world wars and, indeed, all wars and we hope that you will all join us at 11am.
For the Fallen, Laurence Binyon:
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.
Extract from Charge of the Light Brigade by Lord Tennyson:
Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. “Forward, the Light Brigade! Charge for the guns!” he said: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. When can their glory fade? O the wild charge they made! All the world wonder’d. Honour the charge they made! Honour the Light Brigade,
In Flanders Fields by John McCrae:
In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie, In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.
John McRae was a Canadian doctor who served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the First World War. He died on the battlefield in 1918.
Extract from The Old Issue by Rudyard Kipling A well-known quote often shared to commemorate the lives of fallen soldiers came from Kipling’s The Old Issue.
‘When you go home, tell them of us and say, for their tomorrow we gave our today.’
Extract from MCMXIV by Phillip Larkin:
Never such innocence, Never before or since, As changed itself to past Without a word – the men Leaving the gardens tidy, The thousands of marriages, Lasting a little while longer: Never such innocence again.