Remembrance Day (sometimes known informally as Poppy Day) is observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the armed forces who died in the line of duty. The war formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”, so the 11th of November is observed in most countries to mark the end of hostilities.
St Andrew’s, Turi marked the day with a service combining pupils from across both Prep School and Senior School. They came together to read passages from the Bible, to pray and share a minute of silence. Pupils and staff were able to purchase a poppy , with proceeds going to the British Legion.
Remembrance Day Message
“We are not here to remember War, but rather to remember people. We are here to remember people who have died, to remember many more who have suffered in and because of war. We owe so much to those who give up so much, who often give up everything. We are here this morning to remember and be thankful. Of course we might recall a young man who gave up everything in the prime of life that we might live in peace. In peace with each other and with God. God’s own Son, Jesus.
Here at St Andrew’s, outside a building constructed and decorated by Italian Prisoners of War, we remember all victims of conflicts all over the world. Let us remember with gratitude those who, in the cause of peace and freedom, lived and died in the service of mankind.
For the Fallen
A poem by 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