Today at 11am, Gad’s students and staff will join the nation in a two-minute silence to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in wars.
Armistice Day commemorates the day World War I ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. This year also marks 100 years since the first two-minute silence was held in 1919, one year after the war ended.
With Gad’s students’ learning focused on the Great War in recent weeks, Headmaster Mr Savage anticipates today’s mark of respect to be a meaningful occasion for many.
Yesterday our cadets were honoured to be invited to attend the annual Remembrance Sunday service, led by the Royal family, at the capital’s Cenotaph.
Last week, our oldest Juniors spent the day at a replica war trench, Hawthorne Trenches, as part of their studies on World War I.
On Friday, Major Lamb delivered a moving assembly to our Senior School about Remembrance Day. The Head of Gad’s CCF explained that it is a day to remember all those who have lost their lives in conflict, past and present. He went on talk about how the poppy is an international symbol of remembrance. Poppies were the first flowers to grow in the former battlefields in Belgium and France where many soldiers are buried. Their paper thin petals were the first signs of new life and renewal.