Remembrance Day service at St Charles College

2018-11-14 06:02
The acapella group sing The Parting Glass.PHOTO: supplied

The acapella group sing The Parting Glass.PHOTO: supplied

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ON November 11, people all around the world observe Remembrance Day.

Remembrance Day is a day to honour the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war, specifically World War 1.

This year marks 100 years since WW1. In solidarity, St Charles College continued in the custom of setting aside the business of the day to remember and honour the fallen. We were fortunate to have members of the SA legion join us this year. A special thanks to them for kindly supplying the poppies.

Our newly elected head boy, Kyle Reid, addressed the chapel regarding the significance of the day, and the sacrifice of the brave men and women around the world who gave their lives in war.

The school’s acapella group then took the stage, singing an inspired version of The Parting Glass, a traditional Irish and Scottish folk song, echoing the inevitably of death and a final farewell.

At occasions such as these 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, while The Reveille marks the beginning of each day to wake up soldiers. The two tunes symbolise the sunset and sunrise respectively, and in the context of this occasion they symbolise death but more importantly a promise of resurrection. Luke Eilers (trumpet) and Max Nattrass (saxophone) played the two pieces, a beautiful tribute to the fallen.

– Ross Ducasse (St Charles College chaplain).

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