Rememberance Day

posted Dec 19, 2017, 12:59 AM by R Dhanjal   [ updated Dec 19, 2017, 1:12 AM ]

Remembrance Day marks the day world war one ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. A minute silence was held at 11:05am (due to students coming back from break) to remember the soldiers who have fallen in wars. There is also Remembrance Sunday every year which falls on the second Sunday in November. This year, it fell on Sunday 12 November.

On this day, ceremonies are held at war memorials, cenotaphs and churches throughout the country, as well as abroad. The Royal Family and top politicians gather at the cenotaph in Whitehall, London for a memorial service.  

It is traditional to wear a poppy on this day in remembrance of all the soldiers who gave their lives fighting for the country. In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write a now famous poem called 'In Flanders Fields'. After the First World War, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of remembrance.

At Holyhead, poppies were sold to raise money for ex-service men and women and  Oswestry College held a Remembrance Day competition. This was all to raise more awareness on this significant day and to show our respect. Students made poppies and decorated them and submitted them to their form tutors. The two winning students, Thahsin and Marish of

02, were very happy that they won.

We interviewed Kishan of O10 who helped with the fundraising, he said:

“The poppy appeal is a fundraising campaign held every November to remember the fallen soldiers who fought in war. This year, being a Senior Student, I was given the opportunity to raise money for charity and get involved with Remembrance Day. I'm proud to have been able to sell so

many poppies this year because it makes me feel as though I've helped the people who protect us on a daily basis and also spread the message of hope.”

History teacher Miss Somerfield had a connection with the war through her family and she wanted to find out more about her history.  She told us:

“My aunt's twin brother, Leonard Somerfield, fell at Dunkirk during the Second World War, his photo had always been on the wall and I had asked questions about him. Sadly, I didn't visit the battlefields until shortly after my aunt's

death so it made me really want to ask questions, luckily another uncle knew lots!”

“There have been two World Wars so the chances are every family has been touched by them in some way. I'm happy for every day of peace the young people I teach are given because of the young people of the past who gave their lives.”

We also interviewed Kai of C2, who told us that he was part of the Remembrance Day Parade in Birmingham as a Sea Cadet; he followed orders from high ranking officers from the Navy. He told us, “I got involved because I want to join the Navy in the future, also I had two

great uncles who fought in a war so I wanted to be part of remembering soldiers who fought in wars.”

Reporters: Manpreet O6, Arusha O5, Troy O12