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Posted on November 17th 2015
Armistice Day in Mitcham
I feel both proud and honoured to have been invited to speak at this year’s Remembrance Day ceremony. I am proud to represent an academy that cares so much about those that have lost their lives in the service of this country. I am proud to represent an academy that is recognised as outstanding, not only by governing bodies but by people in the local area. This outstanding reputation birthed the possibility of such an opportunity.
I am honoured to have been able to contribute to a ceremony that means so much to people around the globe. I have seen just how deeply those that have been touched by wars feel about this yearly memorial, first hand, as veterans marched towards the memorial, saluting it as if their brother or sister in arms still stood before them, and in a way, through remembering them, they remain amongst us - in our thoughts.
I was humbled when asked to read an excerpt from Robert Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen’. I feel the declaration “At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.” truly epitomises my highlight of the day; both the young and old laying reefs around the foot of the memorial, swamping it in a sea of red poppies. To me, this represented a chance for new life, forged by those that have laid down their lives in conflict for a brighter future, and also a new generation that will continue to remember these brave people for years to come.
By Edem Wornoo