This special “Remembrance Assembly 2014” commemorated 100 years since the start of the First World War. It was conducted by the Head of the BSB Humanities department, Mr Alan Woodruff, and performed by a number of students in the Sixth Form.
Mr Woodruff’s moving introductory speech was aimed to remind the audience that this memorial day is a time to honour not only the members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty during the Great War, but also the civilians who perished in war and the families who struggled to survive and suffered from the loss of their loved ones. To this end, he emphasized the horrors of war undergone by civilians such as living in dreadful conditions or dying of disease. Mr Woodruff also insisted on extending this tribute to all soldiers and civilians involved in any war and conflict, whether past or current, throughout the world, regardless of their nationality.
The Assembly then moved on to an audiovisual presentation led by our Sixth Formers where facts and figures, as well as images and sound, took the lead. The students gathered a fair amount of data about World War I, which included dazzling statistics, a comprehensive timeline of the key events during this period, and the countries and colonies participating in the conflict to illustrate it was the first truly global war ever.
The presentation was also supported by several videos depicting the dreadful Battle of the Somme in 1916; the red poppy symbol linked to the famous poem “In Flanders Fields”, by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae; the dramatic story of schools under Taliban rule, and an interview with parents who lost their son at war.
It was indeed a breathtaking assembly, full of bits and pieces to raise awareness and to increase common understanding to ensure this will never happen again; a day we all want to remember in the hope that the young may benefit in a future that has no conflict.
About Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day is a memorial day designated by King George V, which is observed on the 11th of November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I «at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month» in 1918. It pays homage to the memory of the fallen and the future of the living.
It is also known as “Poppy Day” because the red poppy has become a powerful symbol emblem of Remembrance Day after Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields”. The Royal British Legion, the national custodian of Remembrance, and one of the UK’s largest charities, created the annual Poppy Appeal to raise funds to help wounded Service men and women, veterans, and their bereaved families.