St Charles honours fallen armed forces members

2016-11-23 06:00
PHOTO: Saysha Baker The releasing of the pigeons, watched by special guests, staff and boys, being facilitated by two of the deputy head boys, Danshil Naidoo (front left) and Lunga Zondo.

PHOTO: Saysha Baker The releasing of the pigeons, watched by special guests, staff and boys, being facilitated by two of the deputy head boys, Danshil Naidoo (front left) and Lunga Zondo.

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REMEMBRANCE Day is a day to honour the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war, specifically since the World War I.

It is always observed on 11 November to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918. In particular, the St Charles College community remembers those St Charles College boys who gave their lives in these wars. Due to the weather, the senior school, Grade 7 boys, and staff of St Charles College congregated in the chapel rather than at the Remembrance Garden, and the order of proceedings followed closely the layout of the ceremonies which occur across the European continent.

Two bugle calls are played - the Last Post and The Reveille. The Last Post is a call to remember those who have been killed in war.

This is followed by a second piece, The Reveille, which marks the beginning of each day to wake up soldiers. The two tunes symbolise sunset and sunrise respectively, and in the context of this occasion they symbolise death, but more importantly a promise of resurrection.

Other traditions that are also observed include two minutes of silence for reflection, the laying of wreaths, and we have brought in our tradition of releasing pigeons, symbolising the release of our loved ones.

This year, a plaque in remembrance of the late Neil Nelson was placed in the Remembrance Garden. It is important for us to have days like this to reflect on the efforts and sacrifices of others and measure that against our own effort, sacrifice and contribution.

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