Nov 282013
 
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Let Us Not Forget the Fallen

Konrad Sanderson, Head Boy, reports that the Remembrance Service held on Monday 11 November at the Christian Cemetery was truly moving and that it was an honour, in the presence of Ed Goodwin, Ian Fellows, Wendy Bataineh and Nick Wilson, for the Head Boy and Head Girl, Tamara Kawash, to represent the School by placing the wreath on behalf of St Christopher’s on the Memorial of those who fought and died in the Great War. Standing alongside Ambassadors and Representatives of the Armed Forces in an appropriately reflective and respectfully solemn atmosphere was a humbling atmosphere. The ceremony took place at the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month to commemorate the soldiers who gave their lives in the First World War. Fallen soldiers from all countries engaged in the War were remembered for their service. This was a highly significant occasion which both Tamara and I will never forget.

Flanders Field – by John McCrae

In Flanders Field 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 Field.