In 1918, on the 11th day of the 11th month, at 11 o’clock, the First World War ended. This is why in the UK, every year, on 11th November, at 11 o’clock, an act of respect takes place, observing a two minute silence in remembrance of those who died in the two world wars.
Nowadays, “The Remembrance Day” is recognised all over the world as a way to acknowledge the sacrifice of all those who died during armed conflicts, regardless of colour, religion or nationality, a way of remembering them forever.
In our school, we always hold a ceremony to commemorate that date. On Friday 11th November, at 11 0’clock in the morning, all the students and teachers in the school, from year 3 upwards, kept a two minute silence in a really moving assembly that we held, in order to celebrate the “Remembrance Day”. Two beautiful poems about the sadness and sorrow caused by the loss of so many young lives, were read. The Head of Pastoral and the Head Teacher explained how terrible it is that still today so many women, men and children die due to cruel, horrible wars and how we must all help so that one day we can live in a world in peace.
It was absolutely wonderful to see all the students, of all ages, taking part in the ceremony with such a thoughtful, respectful attitude.
This is a poem that we would like to share with you, written by a our student, Mia Sagripanti, in response to “In Flanders Field” , the John Mc.Crae poem :
In Flanders Field where poppies grow,
Between the places that mark our honour,
With sound of guns you could hear no beauty,
Crosses without end.
Love without end.
Lots of poppies – each one with one life
All over this place, tears covering them,
Each petal a life.
Each life a tear.
The honour does not have to end
Every friend left, each woman, some are alone.
You need to keep fighting for them and for you
Last thing I saw – the poppies –
Beauty is all over the place.
Written by Mia Sagripanti.