Festivals - Remembrance
Fiona has created a Powerpoint with some remembrance photos that she has taken. Use them as worksheets, for discussion, in services, as an on-screen powerpoint and more! We hope they will be a useful tool for you to talk and think about Remembrance Day with young people. Click here to view or download the file.
Remembrance Display and Assembly Idea
This a display Fiona created at her school in 2019. She asked the pupils to bring in stories of their relatives who had served. There were some amazing stories. They then talked about them in the school's Remembrance Day assembly. It was very moving.
Royal British Legion Educational Resources
The Royal British Legion has great reources on their website about teaching remembrance to children and young people.
St John's Owlerton Video
Below is a moving video created by St John's Owlerton for Remembrance Day.
There are many moving and powerful posts on Facebook for Remembrance Day. Take a look by clicking on the links below.
Photos - great for Secondary discussion
Video - 3m 40s
Video - 1m
Scripture Union Resources
Scripture Union has a great 'Remember' video and PDF resource on their website.
What do the different coloured poppies mean?
BBC Newsround has a great resource explaining what the different coloured poppies mean. There are white, purple, red and black poppies.
White poppies are distributed by the Peace Pledge Union - the UK's oldest secular and pacifist group. Created in 1933 - just 12 years after the red version - many people wore white poppies to stress the "never again" message, which emerged after World War One, and which pacifists feared was slipping away. Like the red poppy, the white badge also symbolises remembrance for victims of war. The Peace Pledge Union says the white poppy also represents a lasting commitment to peace and the belief that war should not be celebrated or glamourised.
Poem by Laurence Binyon
For the Fallen
By Laurence Binyon
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill;
Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
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.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.
Source: The London Times (1914)