Loved Ones Honoured in Annual Remembrance Day Service
Every year, in order to honour and respect those who have suffered or died in war, King’s pupils, parents and staff unite for a special remembrance service led by the School Chaplain, Father Mark.
Yesterday, for Remembrance Sunday, and to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, the whole school community gathered for the Solemn Mass. The touching ceremony included music, readings and scrolling photographs of our OAs lost in the Great War.
The sermon, delivered by the Headmaster, challenged everyone to not only wear the symbols and perform the rituals of Remembrance, but to also work actively for the higher Christian values of peace-making, honesty and moral courage.
It was a pleasure to welcome back former pupil Lance Corporal Tom Smith, who laid one of the wreaths this year. Tom was in Tuckwell House at King’s College between 2005 and 2010. In 2006, he joined the Royal Marines Section of the Combined Cadet Corps, where he played a pivotal role in helping King’s to win the Sir Steuart Pringle Trophy for the first time.
After leaving King’s, Tom applied to join the Royal Marines and began basic training for the Commando Course in May 2011. He is now a member of the Reconnaissance Troop at 40 Commando RM, based at Norton Manor Camp near Taunton.
Following the service, the congregation moved to the Memorial Quadrangle, where the poems In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae and the response, We Shall Keep the Faith, by Moina Michael were read out by the School Captains, and the names of all former pupils lost in the First and Second World Wars were recited by the Headmaster. As a final act of remembrance, staff and pupils laid wreaths, as well as small engraved Perspex “Tommy” statues, on the war memorial.
This year, our boarders have also kept the spirit of remembrance alive by lighting memorial vigil lamps in each of the school’s boarding houses. These have been burning from sunset on Monday 5 November and, yesterday, were extinguished at sunset. All Soul’s Day was also celebrated in the College Mass last Wednesday. The poignant service saw pupils remembering before God all of their loved ones who had died.