Lest we forget
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ending of the first world war. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. The first Armistice Day.
There’ll be special events and ceremonies to mark the anniversary – I was going to write ‘celebrate’ the anniversary – but it’s hardly a celebration. A thanksgiving maybe. A thanksgiving for the ending of that war. A thanksgiving for what was achieved, but at such terrible cost. A reminder of the price paid. A calling to mind of the those who died in that war, and in all the conflicts since then. All the grief and pain that has resulted. A commemoration.
There will be many special events right across the country, in small village halls and huge concert venues, on pretty village greens and the wide open spaces of old airfields. Small gatherings at local war memorials and vast crowds at the Cenotaph in London. In Lincolnshire people will gather at the International Bomber Command Centre and at the Cathedral to listen to music, to stand in silence, to remember.
In Potterhanworth there will be a Remembrance Service in church at 10.15am on Sunday 11th November, followed by a ceremony at the village war memorial at 11.00am. You are all invited.
On the Saturday evening before, we’re showing the film ‘War Horse’ in church. It’s a moving story based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, and turned into a film by Steven Spielberg. You don’t need a ticket. Hot drinks will be provided – bring your own popcorn! Donations to the Royal British Legion.
And on the Sunday evening, members of local choirs, including some from our own Potterhanworth Community Choir, will be singing in a performance of ‘A People of Peace’ at 6.00pm in Branston Church. This inspirational work is based on the life of Harry Patch, the last survivor of the First World War, and combines music, readings, and congregational singing – so everyone can join in.