SCHOOL CHILDREN’S WORDS OF THANKS AND HOPE AS CREWKERNE REMEMBERS

A group of school children from St Bartholomew’s School who attended the Armistice Day commemoration service in Falkland Square, thanked all those who had given their lives for their freedom and expressed hope that children still living in fear because of wars and fighting would find peace. The poignant message was delivered at the end of the short service.

A few words of prayers were said by the Reverend Craig Sinclair, a curate at St Bartholomew’s Church before the exhortation was given by Mr Antony Samuel, chair of the Crewkerne branch of the Royal British Legion. Flags were lowered by RBL Standard bearers Brian E Forster and Andrew Watts. Following the Last Post played by bugler Mark Barrett, the town fell silent for the two minutes silence. Traffic came to a halt, and those working in shops joined others outside on the pavements and paid their respects.

After the Reveille was sounded, a wreath was laid under the war memorial plaque to all those of Crewkerne who had lost their lives in service during the two World Wars and conflicts since, by Dave Lawrence president of the Crewkerne branch of the Royal British Legion. The children’s words were a fitting tribute to all the service men and women who had fallen: “We remember those who stood for love and truth and thank them for the sacrifice they made for me and you. Thank you that we can now enjoy peace and learn to love not fight. Thank you that we can now sing and play and not be scared or hide. We pray for other countries where children live in fear and there is war and fighting and many are in tears. Please help to make things better and bring some peace to them. Protect all those who try and help them make friends again.”

The groups of people that had gathered for the Armistice Day commemoration service then dispersed, while poppy stand stalwarts remained at the Poppy Appeal’s official stand and continued selling poppies to the community, as they marked the end of this year’s Poppy Week and prepared for the town’s annual Remembrance Parade through Severalls Park Avenue, the following day Sunday, to the war memorial of the lone standing infantryman.

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