Remembrance Day Assembly Monday, 9 November 2009
Listen to this... This is great. • This song was written by Mrs Crowley’s brother and sister • The words are beautiful and really make you think. • Look at the images of WW1 and try and think what it must have been like for them.
Why do we commemorateRemembrance Day? • The fallen of the two World Wars • World War 1: 1914 – 1918 • World War 2: 1939 – 1945 • The fallen of all the wars since 1945 • We remember the soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country
Why do we commemorateRemembrance Day? • Do you realise that as a country we are at war now? • Our soldiers are fighting and dying in Afghanistan and until recently in Iraq. • We must remember everyone who is fighting for the freedom for us to live as we wish.
Staff Sergeant Olaf Schmid • He died last week in Helmand Province in Afghanistan • He leaves a wife and little boy aged 5 behind • He died defusing a bomb trying to keep his friends safe • So far 232 men have died in Afghanistan since 2001 • This is why we have Remembrance Day
Can you remember who this man is? Can you remember how old he was when this photograph was taken?
Henry Allingham, 112, Britain's oldest First World War veteran
Letter from Gordon Brown • All the soldiers from WW1 are now dead • The last three, including Henry Allingham died over the last year • The Prime Minister reminds how important it is to remember all the very brave people who died for this country.
Why do we wear poppies? • The Royal British Legion organises sales of the poppies every year; the money goes to help ex-servicemen and women and their families. • This is to help us remember the men and women who have given their lives so that we might be free. • We sell poppies every year at school.
But WHY poppies? • World War 1 was fought mainly in France and Holland • The men fought in trenches that we like long lines dug out in the mud. • There were also lots of bomb craters in the ground from the shelling
WHY poppies? • When the war ended the fields that had been all muddy and horrid during the war became covered in blood red poppies • There was also a very famous poem by a man called John McCrae called In Flanders Fields
Citizenship! The men and women who fight bravely for their country show great: • Bravery • Courage • Fortitude • Selflessness • Love for their families and their country • Willingness to do the right thing.
Bravery... Even to death. They gave all their TODAYS Their future hopes and dreams So the we could enjoy our TODAYS … all our hopes and dreams
Bravery... Even to death. “When you go home Tell them of us and say For your tomorrow, we gave our today.” John Maxwell Edmonds The Kohima Epitaph.
Remembrance. • So it is right and proper that we should remember • We will remember them by • Wearing our poppies with pride • Standing for two minutes in silence at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month • Armistice Day, 11 November 1918 • 11th November; each and every year
Poem for Remembrance Day “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.” Response: We will remember them. Extract from “For the Fallen” by Laurence Binyon
Let us pray for peace. • Lord, bring peace to our world. • Lord, bring an end to violence and hatred. • Lord, help us to live as brothers and sisters in one beautiful world. • Lord, let peace begin with me.
Let there be peace... • Sing this lovely song as a prayer • Think about the words • Try to live this song in your lives • At school... At home and in the world at large
Good Citizens. • One of the ways you can bring peace to the world is by making a difference to other people’s lives... Stephen Lawrence. • Our School Council is an elected body of children who try to make a difference. • Last week we presented them with their badges... You should always ear them with pride.
Good Citizens. • I have said many times in assembly that you can make a difference in the world • It starts here… in this school… in your classrooms… on the playground… on the school bus… • Wherever and whenever you meet and mix with people.