Remembrance Day

The Ode of Remembrance 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.

The Year 5’s led the School’s commemoration of Remembrance Day, this morning, by reminding us of the importance of remembering and sharing some useful tips to help us to not forget.  From shopping lists to a knot in a handkerchief, they showed us how we can remember and why we need to remember.   Writing poetry is another way to remember and a group of Year 6 boys recited (beautifully) Lt. Col John Mc Crae’s poem, ‘In Flanders Fields’.  Only one living thing survived in Flanders – poppies.  These colourful red flowers grew everywhere, where the soil had been disturbed – turning the sea of mud into a field of red flowers.  It was this sight that inspired Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a doctor in the Canadian army to write his poem ‘In Flanders Field’ after the death of his friend Lieutenant Alexis Helmer during the Second Battle of Ypres.  Mc Crae wrote his poem, sitting next to his friend’s grave, the day after he was killed.   The wearing of poppies, today, continues to be a symbol of Remembrance and hope.

Mrs Andrew.