Published: November 11th 2013
A poignant moment of silence as we remember the many lives lost during the Great War. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we stop on the order of the great King George V to mark the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, and the end to World War I.
Many of us would have managed to watch on as the Queen and Prince Philip laid the wreaths at the Cenotaph on Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday. Facing the memorial as the Queen walked back to her position, it is hard not to think of those that have memories of a battlefield and the impact it has their lives. Today we think about the servicemen and women, past and present, and the dedication they give for Britannia.
The sign of the poppy growing in Flanders Fields and the words of the poem that explain its meaning to the young will be thought about today and will conjure up different thoughts in our minds. Every day the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium commemorates the lives lost during World War I. School groups from around Britain make the trip to Belgium and attend the 8pm ceremony in Ypres. This proves to be a humbling experience for both staff and students and provides images of the reality and scale of the events and why our soldiers went to war. Travelbound have led these trips for many years taking in the history and gravity of World War I with tours of such landmarks as Hill 62 and Sanctuary Wood and Tyne Cot Military Cemetery.
Many students will be making the trip to the battlefields of Belgium next year as events take place to mark 100 years since the start of World War I. Every secondary school in Britain will have students and staff representing them in Belgium as they visit the World War I Battlefields. With the huge number of lives lost across the Commonwealth, students will not only be thinking about the loss of around 900,000 British lives, but the cost of war to many more.
Join us today in our minute’s silence and take a moment to remember as poppies grow in Flanders Fields.