This year marks the 90th year since the unveiling of the War Memorial on the St Bede’s site. A memorial which was erected by the St Bede’s Old Boys in the memory of their school friends who had died in the First World War.
At this year’s Remembrance Service, the original unveiling was re-enacted when our Cenotaph was covered with a Union Flag and a Papal flag just as it had been 90 years ago. As the service started, students unveiled the War Memorial before the wreath laying ceremony began. Wreaths were laid by students, staff and Old Boys, followed by the laying of crosses by representative students from each of the school year groups.
John White, one of our Old Boys who had travelled from Liverpool especially for this service, spoke the Exhortation:
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.
This was followed by the playing of the Last Post; which was played beautifully by year 13 student Alana Kearns. As the last notes echoed through the autumnal morning, our school bell rang and a Two Minutes’ silence was held around the Cenotaph and also in every classroom across both of the school’s sites.
The perfect silence was broken by Alana playing the Reveille, following which John White read the Kohima Epitaph:
"When You Go Home,
Tell Them of Us and Say,
For Their Tomorrow,
We Gave Our Today"
This culminated the Cenotaph service and the congregated students staff and visitors then processed back into school where the Mass of Remembrance was celebrated by the school’s chaplain and Old Boy, Fr Sean Molloy.
Mass was followed by the reading of the St Bede’s Roll Call by Messrs Walker and Copley. Asthis Roll Call was read out, each of our ‘Glorious Dead’ was named and students presented a Cross, a Candle and a Poppy onto the altar in their memory. This was a very poignant and fitting tribute from today’s students in the memory of some of our previous students.
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
MAY THEY REST IN PEACE
Chris Copley, Lay Chaplain
This year thanks to our IT Team we were able to transmit a live feed of the proceedings not only to our students in the classroom but to a wider audience through our Facebook page.
Click links below to watch the video or view the service booklet at the St Bede's Cenotaph.