November 11 marks an important day in history throughout the world. Remembrance Day commemorates the day World War I ended at 11:00am on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Yesterday, school children around the country acknowledged those who have served in wars with a minute’s silence.
Remembrance Day at Trinity is a poignant and significant event in the School calendar. Trinity has a strong connection with the armed forces as a result of the many Old Boys who have served and continue to serve today in all theatres of war. The School’s Army Cadet Unit, which has been active for almost 80 years, serves as another reminder of Trinity’s proud history with the armed forces.
But why is it important for school children to commemorate Remembrance Day? Trinity observes events such as these with sincerity and significance because they are deeply ingrained in the history of the School. However, there are also a number of benefits for children:
- Children of all ages are reminded that the life and privileges they enjoy today came at a cost. More than this, a great sacrifice was made, not just by the individuals who served, but by entire families and communities as well.
- Children come to understand that learning about these events is important and it helps to provide a greater depth of meaning for them when observing the events. We can see this in the way that our boys conduct themselves during and after the ceremonies.
- It provides an opportunity to connect with the broader school community. Old Boys and families are invited to attend the events conducted at Trinity and this serves as another reminder of our School’s proud history.
Yesterday, all Trinity students reflected on the enormity of events past, commemorating Remembrance Day with an official ceremony. The service was made especially powerful when the senior ranking boys of the Army Cadet Unit performed the Catafalque – a ceremonial drill movement. Over 1,600 people gathered in the Quadrangle and stood in a minute’s silence after the Last Post was played.
Our Junior and Preparatory School students also had the opportunity to commemorate the event with their own services later in the morning. The little boys enjoyed seeing the ‘big’ boys perform their drill and wearing their special uniforms. It was inspiring see how our older students were able to guide and demonstrate how to appropriately acknowledge such a significant and unique event.
The most poignant part of proceedings came at the Preparatory School at exactly 11:00am when the Catafalque party came to ‘rest at arms’.
We must remember. Otherwise the sacrifice made by those men who have served and continue to serve is meaningless.
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