“at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”
Remembrance Day was observed yesterday with a dedicated Assembly to the historically significant date of 11 November. The tradition recalls the end of hostilities of World War I on 11 November, 1918.
Hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”, in accordance with the armistice signed by nation representatives.
At the end of the First World War poppies were the only plants to grow on the barren battlefields in Northern France and Flanders.
Kenneth Macqueen, Wild poppies, Mont Kemmel, c.1917-1918, watercolour on paper ART93950
Our teachers delivered specially developed resources to help children understand the significance of the day and the resilience of those who have fought for their country. Children are called upon to show similar such resilience when facing difficult times.
The “Last Post” was sounded by a bugler and we all observed a moment of silence – waiting for the bugler recital to finish delivering its powerful and lasting message.