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St Joseph's Catholic Infant School

We Follow Christ's Footsteps in Love

British Values - Remembrance 2020

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Teaching Remembrance is key to understanding how modern diverse Britain was created and the shared heritage of service and sacrifice across all the UK’s communities. It also allows us to better comprehend what those who served, both on the front-line and at home, went through. 

Giving thanks for everyone who comes home

This year we are giving thanks for everyone who came home. During this time we are thankful for the safety our homes give us, and we know how important the people are who go above and beyond to keep us safe, in our homes, with the people we love. When we take part in remembrance we are saying thank you to:

  • People who fight to protect us,
  • People who help us,
  • People who put others ahead of themselves.

At our school we are drawing pictures and writing poems about

  • these people, and about how we feel about the ways they help us,

and

  • about places and people who help us and keep us safe.

We will be posting photos and videos of some selected pieces of work soon so please check back to see some fantastic poetry readings here. 

What we're remembering this year
In 2020 we pay tribute to the men and women of the Second World War generation, and to those of today’s, who have served and sacrificed to defend our nation. We remember the collaboration of the Commonwealth and Allied nations who stood shoulder to shoulder then to secure our freedom and the communities coming together today to protect us all.

Remembrance honours those who serve to defend our democratic freedoms and way of life. We unite across faiths, cultures and backgrounds to remember the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces community from Britain and the Commonwealth.

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The poppy is a symbol of Remembrance and hope, including hope for a positive future and peaceful world.
They are a show of support for the Armed Forces community, those currently serving, ex-serving personnel and their families; and a symbol of Remembrance for all those who have fallen in conflict.

John McCrae wrote the poem 'In Flanders Fields' which inspired the use of the poppy as a symbol of Remembrance.
In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote his now famous poem after seeing poppies growing in battle-scarred fields.

 

In Flanders Fields

The poem by John McCrae

In Flanders' fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders' fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high,
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders' Fields.