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Canford Remembers

Published Friday 16th of November 2018 02:58:44 PM

On Sunday 11th November 2018, the Canford Community joined with millions throughout the country to honour those who gave their lives in the defence of freedom during times of conflict. This year’s Remembrance service was particularly poignant as it marked the centenary of the Armistice of the First World War. A large number of parents, staff and OCs joined pupils for concurrent chapel services held in the Assembly Hall and the Music School. This year we welcomed as our visiting speakers, Lt Col Dr Charles Kirke (formerly of the Royal Artillery and a university lecturer), and Lt Col William Wells (currently serving in The Rifles). Both provided thought provoking insights into the reality of war and the significance of Remembrance Sunday for us today. The services then came together to gather around the Sunken Lawn to observe the customary two minutes’ silence at the 11th hour of the 11th day, with the Last Post played by Lower Sixth musician Jack Salmon. Wreaths were laid at the school’s war memorial by the Head of School, Matilda Hubble, president of the OCS, Robyn Wright, and Major Graeme Craig, OC. Head of School, Scott Montague planted a ceramic poppy. A gift to the school, the poppy was one of the 888,246 displayed in the 2014 memorial at the Tower of London that commemorated the start of the First World War. Reverend Phil Jack commented: “It was wonderful to see so many gather to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. As ever, the ceremony around the Sunken Lawn was a powerful and moving communal act. We will remember them.”
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