Reflections on Remembrance Day

Posted by iChild, November 08, 2017 12:06 PM

By Emma and 3

RemembranceDay

Remembrance Sunday, which falls on 12 November 2017, is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. Remembering, when you personally know soldiers, family members or friends who have fought in wars, makes it even more personal.

 

Old-soldiers

As I discussed in my Missing Grandparents Blog, my own granddad died this year, he was 92 and had fought in WW2.  He told me a few stories of war, I saw his medals and therefore Remembrance Day felt ‘real’ as I thought about what he and his brothers had been through.  But many of our young people unfortunately understand terrorism more than war. 

They associate war with the Middle East and not with the world wars.  Therefore we need to teach our young people why it is important we remember.  We should make sure our children understand that war has impacted on their lives.  That because of war we have our freedoms.

Memorial

Remembrance Day, or Armistice Day, commemorates the signing of the Armistice at the end of WW1 at 11 o'clock on 11 November 1918. Remembrance Day is celebrated on 11 November around the world, and gives us a chance to come together and remember the sacrifices that our armed forces made. It gives us the chance to respect those who lost their lives and also to reflect on the cost of war.  If we remember the people that died and how the UK was devastated during the world wars we have more chance of learning from history.

I teach my own children, and those I teach at school, by talking about war.  Making it real and accessible so that they understand.  Schools are great for teaching the history and at primary school many have dress up days and study the evacuation as a way of bringing history alive.  It seems easier to forget now that there are less of our WW2 soldiers still alive but it is even more important to remember. Erin and I have written a poem this week using iChild's poppy acrostic poem template.

DovePeace

It is also a time to talk about peace and kindness to others.  We love crafting, and made iChild's Dove of Peace, which gave us the chance to talk about how we can bring peace to our lives and to others. 

This year I have seen many calling for any old pound coins to be given to Poppy sellers.  That the many still in circulation could make a real difference to veterans and provide the charity with additional funds. What a lovely idea. Therefore I encourage you to search out for those old coins hidden in the sofa or forgotten about in savings jars and give them to poppy sellers!

Poppies

By Emma and 3

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