This year there were two opportunities for students and staff to gather, with the rest of the nation, to remember all those who have lost their lives as a result of war or conflict, past or present.
On Remembrance Sunday, College’s boarding community gathered for a Service of Remembrance in the Princess Hall. In recognition of College’s continuing connection with the Royal Hospital Chelsea, we were delighted to be joined once more by Chelsea Pensioners David and Tom Lyall, resplendent in their scarlet uniform. We were also glad to be joined by Ms Libby Bassett, Chair of Council, along with parents and other visitors.
The Last Post, sounded by Alice (SFC1) led us into the 2-minutes’ silence, and then during the service we continued to reflect with the help of readings, hymns, and the moving contribution of College Choir. The Service closed with an Act of Commitment, as those present expressed their intent to work for peace in the world.
On Armistice Day itself, staff and students gathered again just before 11.00 am in the Quad under the great tree. Standing where crocuses were planted in 2014 (at the start of the centenary of the Great War) as a constant sign of hope and renewal, we joined again with the nation’s 2-minutes’ silence and Senior Prefect Flora laid a wreath of poppies in memory of all who have died as a result of war or conflict.
‘We will remember them’.
Revd Josie Goodwin, College Chaplain