Remembrance Day is performed to commemorate soldiers lost in war, particularly in WWI and WWII, and is a staple of many countries around the world including but not limited to France, Belgium and Poland, as well as England. It helps us keep track of the soldiers’ sacrifice and show our respect “lest we forget.”
At Christ’s Hospital, on Remembrance Day, we observe a two-minute silence after which our chaplains read a prepared speech about the importance of the soldiers who gave their lives for us. They do this in front of the quad and afterwards a line of teachers, all wearing their poppies, respond to the chaplains’ speech in unison by saying, “We will remember”.
On Memorial Sunday we have a chapel service dedicated to this significant day with new programs printed specifically for this Mass. After the service, everyone, teachers and students alike, gets on the quad to listen to the unique trumpet play “Last Post”. Then the pastors say a few words and the band plays the national anthem. The senior cadets also lay poppy wreaths at the foot of the dining room, featuring the school crest in the center.
The school has a long history with the armed forces as many of its students fought on the front lines during the war. One of these students was named Edward Felix Baxter. In 1914 Baxter taught at Skerry’s College, Liverpool, but enlisted on 4 September and was commissioned into the 1/8th Royal Regiment a year later. He was awarded a Victoria Cross for successfully disarming a live shell in total darkness, preventing many casualties. Unfortunately, after leading the left-wing storm party with great bravery, he was never seen again. It most likely lies in an unmarked grave today.
Remembrance Day is about remembering those brave enough to give their lives to protect us. Some of these people, like Edward Felix Baxter, may never have been found, so it’s imperative that we remember everything they did. In front of the dining room at Christ’s Hospital is a memorial with the names of the alumni who were lost in the Great War. The school also offers an Army Scholarship to all students whose parents or guardians serve in the armed forces. How will you try to remember them?
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23161455.remembrance-day–susanah-rwamakuba-christs-hospital/?ref=rss Memorial Day – Susanah Rwamakuba, Christ’s Hospital