We have been learning about Remembrance Day in class. We learnt that it is about remembering all those who died in wars. The first world war ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th year 100 years ago. We wear red poppies because they grew in the fields where the battles were fought and the red represents the blood spilt during the war. We have two minutes of silence at 11.00 am on 11th November so that we can remember those that died.
There will soon be poppies for us to buy in school and the money raised goes to help those who have been injured in war. Our class assembly will be about Remembrance Day. We will be reading a poem called ‘In Flanders Fields’ which was written by a soldier and the hymn will be ‘I the lord of sea and sky’.
We learnt in class that the Menin Gate is on the road where the soldiers started off from to get to the front. This is a memorial and the last post is played there at 8.00 pm every evening to remember those who died.
Sergeant Parsons came into school and told us about the terrible conditions at the front. The soldiers were often in trenches which were wet, cold and muddy and many of them got trench foot. They had to fight in an area which was called no man’s land which was between the two armies and that is where many soldiers died.
It is really important for us to remember all those who died because they gave up their lives for us which has enabled us to live our lives today and it is important to remember them otherwise they would have died for nothing.
Kristian and Sophia