Lest We Forget
Silently and reverently, the Davenies family gathered at 11 o’clock on the 11th day of the 11th month to remember those who had fallen in two World Wars, and conflicts since.
After a brief introduction from the Headmaster, William, our Head Boy, read these now famous lines from Robert Laurence Binyon’s anthem For the Fallen, which first appeared in The Times during September 1914:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Whilst these lines were read, images of poppy-filled Flanders Fields merged with well-known images from World War I.
Year 7 trumpeter, Max, signalled the beginning of our minute’s silence with the Last Post – the first time this has been undertaken by a current Davenies pupil. A minute later Reveille was signalled.
The School joined together to sing Dear Lord and Father of Mankind, which includes the final lines so redolent of our service: “speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire, O still, small voice of calm.”
The Headmaster concluded our short, but nonetheless respectful, service with a prayer for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us, and for those who continue to do so.