In beautiful November sunshine the whole remembered those who gave their lives so we can be free. This year’s remembrance being particularly special – 100 years since World War I, 70 years since the D-Day Landings and this year sees the end of the British troops serving in Iraq. Every pupil in Lyndhurst made a poppy to be planted in the Headmaster’s garden as our Act of Remembrance this year. We were fortunate to have some special visitors join us – The Reverend Gant led the service whilst Major Lord and Staff Sargeant Benny from the RMA Sandhurst joined us in our prayers.
Major Lord read out a poem written by Hugo, one of our year 3 pupils and his grandfather who served in Korea.
The war to end all wars
But we’ve had so many more.
880,000 poppies tall, 880,000 soldiers no more.
And that’s only one war.
From The Somme to Flanders
From Tobruk to the Imjin River
So far away from home it’s enough to make you quiver.
Now it’s time to bow our heads
As these are the guys who keep us safe in bed.
A wonderful moment of reflection for those who gave so generously. At Lyndhurst WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
Our day ended with Years 4, 5 & 6 joining together to watch a National Assembly of Remembrance being broadcast from the Tower of London. A further moment to collect our thoughts and ask ourselves why do we remember? The broadcast included an interview with the artist responsible for the installation of the 888, 246 ceramic poppies.