11th of the 11th 2010 – Knaphill’s Public Service of Remembrance

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A report by Rachel Muir and Annabelle Raven young reporters from Knaphill School.

Last Thursday a group of pupils, staff and parents from Knaphill School made their way to the centre of Knaphill to take part in the Public Service of Remembrance. The weather was cold and wet but we didn’t mind because some of the children were going to read poems and thoughts about war that they had written, and we were pleased to be there to represent our school.

People from the community met outside in the garden in front of the old Knaphill Library. There were lots of residents, the Ministers from the churches, Councillors, local MP Jonathan Lord and people from the Royal British Legion who had served in WW2. The garden was filled with people and more stood on the pavement.

At 10.40 we heard loud marching and commands and everyone turned their heads to see about twenty soldiers in very smart uniforms with incredibly shiny boots and glistening medals marching across the High Street. The soldiers were from the Royal Logistical Corp. Army Training Centre, Pirbright and they were coming to take part in our ceremony.

At 10.45 Rev’d Richard Sherlock welcomed everyone and started the service. A Prayer and a Psalm were read by Rev’d Sherlock and by Jonathan Lord, then the pupils from Knaphill School read some poems and prose. Nicholas had written about ‘The Battle of Britain’, Hayley read her poem ‘Time on the battlefield’, and then Jasmine, Marcus and Charlotte each read their poems. The final poem was Maddy’s ‘Two minutes for World War Soldiers’. They were fantastic and everyone there seemed to enjoy hearing the children read their work.

Rev’d Grew read a Prayer for Peace, then Regimental Sergeant Major Appleby read the ‘Act of Remembrance’. There were other short readings from Rev’d Sherlock, Jonathan Lord and from Bernard Wright from the Royal British Legion. At just before 11 o’clock Bugler Ruth Moore played ‘The Last Post’, and then at 11 o’clock exactly, everything stopped and we had the ‘Two Minutes’ Silence’ so that we could all remember those who have suffered or died because of wars.

After the silence Ruth played ‘Reveille’ and there were other readings and prayers from Melanie Whitehand, Rev’d Monsignor Jeff Scott and Rev’d David Faulkner. The service ended with thanks and a blessing from Rev’d  Sherlock.

We spoke to some of the people who attended. Bernard Wright (Chairman, Royal British Legion) said: I thought the service was excellent. I was very impressed by the children from Knaphill School. And Bombardier Lawson said: It was great that so many people came out to show their respect. I was moved that they took time to remember the soldiers still serving overseas today.
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KRA will be putting on a special Remembrance Display in Knaphill Library from 19th November for two weeks with photographs and information from the service, poems and other work from the children of Knaphill School. Please go to the Library to see the display.

Photographs reproduced by kind permission of Sarah Aires www.sarahaires.co.uk

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