Act of Remembrance 2020
This year the College community was invited to watch our live-streamed Act of Remembrance from the War Memorial at Dulwich College. The service, led by the Master and Chaplain with a small representation of staff and boys, including members of the CCF, was streamed live to pupils and their teachers in their classrooms, the recording of which is available to view here.
Throughout the service we reflected in memory of and thankfulness for the ultimate sacrifice that so many have given to ensure our freedom. During the two minutes of silence we remembered in particular the 865 Old Alleynians and five teaching staff who gave their lives in the service of their country.
We were reminded that, whilst the current changes forced upon us might alter our procedures, they do not lessen our commitment to those things that we value, honour, and cherish.
A Service of Remembrance
11 November 2020
Laying of Wreaths Trevor Llewelyn and Max Hamilton (School Captain)
An opening prayer Revd. Buckler (Chaplain)
Let us remember before God, and commend to his sure keeping,
those who have died for their country in war,
especially the 845 Old Alleynians killed in the Great War,
the Second World War, and in subsequent operations.
The exhortation from ‘For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon Dr Joe Spence (The Master)
They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them.
The Last Post Christian Bertrand
Two Minute Silence
Reveille Christian Bertrand
The Peace Prayer of Saint Francis Peter Jolly and Max Hamilton
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offence, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
O Master, let me not seek as much
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that one receives,
it is in self-forgetting that one finds,
it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,
it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.
The Kohima Epitaph Tracey Batchelor
When you go home,
Tell them of us, and say,
For your tomorrow,
we gave our today.
Final blessing Revd. Buckler
God grant to the living grace
to the departed rest
and to all people, unity, peace and concord;
and the blessing of God be among us and remain with us always. Amen.