The 11th of November marks the anniversary of Armistice Day, when the First World War ended. To commemorate this and remember the sacrifices made during the wars, Eaton Square Prep School laid two wreaths on the Rifle Brigade Monument in nearby Victoria.
The wreaths were laid by Headboy Sami Lopez Geha, Headgirl Lauren Bonomo, Deputy Headboy Benjamin Gu and Deputy Headgirl Alix Descorps. Our pupils also recited In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, one of the most famous poems from the Great War.
Our pupils joined D-Day veteran Richie Forrest, 94 years old, in observing the two minute silence at 11am before laying the wreaths and reciting the poem. Mr Forrest, who was 18 years old when he joined the Normandy landings, promises to keep visiting the monument every year. He was touched to see our pupils and commented:
“It was a wonderful surprise, and without them it would have been nothing”
ITV filmed the ceremony, and it appeared on the evening news:
Alternatively, the school video featuring the poem is also available online