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Year 4 leads Remembrance Day Assembly

Posted on: 05 Nov 2014 by Weston Green School | Category: Key Stage 2, Year 4

Remembrance Day Assembly

Year 4 pupils have been focusing on the events surrounding the First and Second World Wars and other conflicts around the world in preparation for their Remembrance Day Assembly this week.

As we commemorate the centenary of the First World War this year, the pupils have reminded us that this event can feel like distant history to many of us, yet some of the soldiers who fought in this war have only recently died. This year’s Centenary reminds us that we must try not to forget that war reaches out and touches everyone’s life in some way or another.

The assembly focused on the origins of Remembrance Day and the symbol of the poppy which goes right back to World War 1 when over sixteen million people died worldwide and over twenty million were injured. Some of the worst fighting took place in an area around Northern France known as Flanders Field. The pupils told us how the colourful red poppies grew amidst the sea of mud on the battlefield, prompting a young Canadian doctor who fought in the war to write the poem Flanders Field. In his poem  he asks us not to forget those who gave their lives for their country and to keep up the fight for freedom in the world.

The money collected from the sale of poppies in the school will be donated to the Royal British Legion which is the Nation’s leading Armed Forces Charity. It provides care and support to members of the British Forces, past and present and to their families, many of whom will need help for the rest of their lives.

Year 4 lit a candle to represent light in our world and as a symbol of hope and peace among all nations. The whole school joined in prayers for those who had died fighting for our country, for the families who had suffered the loss of a loved one and for the many who have been left injured and disabled.

We then marked this special day by having two minutes silence in remembrance of those who died, in order that our country remains free. The Last Post was then played, following which, Year 4 recited:

 

For the Fallen

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.

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