On Sunday 12 November, the CH community attended a special service to commemorate those lost in war and in particular almost 600 Old Blues named on our First and Second World War memorials.
During the service we heard the words of Jesus: ’Blessed are the peacemakers’ and the hopeful vision of the prophet Micah: ‘They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore’.
The Assistant Chaplain, Dr Stuart Thomson, encouraged us to engage in a collective act of imagination in order to ‘remember’ events that happened before our own lifetime. He emphasised that we are not remembering as victors or victims, but rather we are reflecting on the tragedy of war.
Following the Chapel service there was a moving ceremony in the Quad. Wreaths were laid by the Senior Cadet, Senior Grecian and Second Monitor. The silence was palpable and after the final blessing the pupils placed their poppies in the ground as is our custom.
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