Schoolchildren join residents in paying their respects in Gorleston

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 November 2015

An act of Remembrance in Gorleston Old cemetery.

An act of Remembrance in Gorleston Old cemetery.


Schoolchildren joined people at Gorleston’s Magdalen Cemetery on Wednesday morning to pay their respects to those who lost their lives fighting for our freedom.

Remember us! By Aeden Browne, 10.

A poem written by Aeden Browne, aged 10, a pupil of St. Nicholas Priory School, Great Yarmouth, was read out at the service.

Aeden’s poem is:

He leaves in the early morning shivering with fear.

Ready to fly in the Air Force, putting his hand on the trigger to shoot.

Listening for gun fire, waiting and waiting and waiting.

Ready to die for the nation of Britain.

We are the dead.

We are ready to fly.

If we die think of us as a silence which nothing destroys.

Now we lie in a sea of poppies.

Remember us!

An Armistice Day service took place at the Gorleston war memorial and pupils from the nearby Peterhouse Primary Academy also took part in the service as part of a nationwide scheme run by Historic England. Their Heritage School programme allows children to learn more about the impact the First World War had on their local area and significance of the sacrifices made by the soldiers.

Children from school across the country were invited to lay wreaths at their respective service.

Peterhouse year five class teacher, Karen Taylor said: “It is really important for the children to understand about the wars as they are a huge part of our history. We have been doing work at school this past week to show them why we are here at the memorial today and what it is all about, and to show them why we need to be respectful.

“The ceremony went really well and I am really proud of the four children who went up and lay the wreaths, one from ourselves at the school and one from Historic England, as they also took a moment to reflect and show respect to those who lost their lives.”

The children joined people in singing the hymns and the national anthem as well as falling silent at 11am to remember the fallen soldiers. The service was led by the Rev Linda Ricketts,

Mayor of Great Yarmouth Cllr Shirley Weymouth laid a wreath on behalf of the people of the borough.

She said: “The most important thing this morning is the fact the school children are here because they are the future and we need them to continue to remember those who died. They are key, because if we are not careful once our generation has gone then all of this could be forgotten, so we need to ensure they know the importance of the day.

“I am so grateful to those who came along today because we must not forget those who gave up their lives for our freedom.”

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