On Friday, 10th November 2016
Fearnhill students and staff gathered voluntarily together in the hall to mark the two minutes silence for Remembrance Day. The hall was so full that many had to stand at the back.
Armistice Day commemorates the signing of The Armistice between the Allies and Germany.
The Armistice was signed at 5am in a railway carriage in the Forest of Compiegne, France on November 11, 1918. Six hours later, at 11am, the war ended – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Although hostilities continued in some areas, The Armistice essentially brought an end to four years of fighting in the First World War.
The Armistice forced the Germans to evacuate invaded countries and territories within two weeks. They also had to surrender a significant amount of war material, including five thousand guns, 25,000 machine guns and 1,700 planes. Germany, exhausted by war and with a nation of hungry citizens, reluctantly accepted the terms.
In a letter published in the London Evening News on 8 May 1919, an Australian journalist, Edward George Honey, proposed a respectful silence to remember those who had given their lives in the First World War. This was brought to the attention of King George V and on 7 November 1919, the King issued a proclamation which called for a two minute silence:
“All locomotion should cease, so that, in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead.”
The first Remembrance Day was then conducted the following November throughout Britain and the Commonwealth. After the end of the Second World War in 1945 Armistice Day became Remembrance Day and included all those who had fallen in the two World Wars. Today we remember all those that fell in both World Wars and all subsequent conflicts involving British and Commonwealth troops.
This year, at Fearnhill, we were lucky enough to have Mrs Landsman, Subject Leader for Music, playing the Last Post on the trumpet. ’In Flanders Fields’, by John McCrae was read by Kerry Maddox, Scott Maddox and Kavin Niranjanan and ‘The Kohima Epitaph’ by Charlie Williams. It was very pleasing to see so many of our students
showing their respect for those who have fallen in wars and conflicts all over the world.