School Community Pay Their Respects for Armistice Day
Stillness and solemn reflection. This is what marked the King’s Hall Remembrance Service on Armistice Day this year.
The reading, the words of Jesus: "Greater love has no-one than this; to give up his life for his friends."
School Chaplain, Father Mark, recited the true story of boy who had the same blood type as his very ill sister. After finding that his parents were not a match, the doctors asked him if he was willing to give blood so that his sister could live. After a long pause and with ashen face, the little boy agreed.
While giving blood, he became paler and paler, eventually asking "When will I die? Will it be soon?" The boy had misunderstood. He had thought his donation would be the ultimate sacrifice – which he was willing to make for his loved one.
The heart-warming tale was followed by a procession of hymns, including Abide with Me and the patriotic I Vow to Thee My Country. There was also a reading by Head of History and former Royal Marine, Will Mackenzie-Green, and Year 8 pupil Huckleberry Halliday.
As the clock struck eleven, staff, pupils and parents bowed their heads in respect of the fallen, while Mr Paul and Year 7s Monty Lindsey-Smith and Charlotte Matthew performed the very moving ritual of the Last Post.
The service came to a close with a recitation of The Lord’s Prayer and the National Anthem as Hayden Hau, the youngest in Prep, and Harry Gothard, the oldest, carried out the laying of the wreath.
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