2014 - Remembrance Sunday
Sunday November 9th 2014 our congregation did celebrate Remembrance Day.
Members of the Midden Overijssel branch of the Union of Brothers in Arms (Wapenbroeders) stood at the entrance of the chapel with their banner commemorating those who died in military conflicts. Veteran Mr. Charles Reeves, president of the Market-Garden Veterans Association ), did speake the following words: "They shall grow not old, as we are left grow old, age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of he sun and in the morning, we will remember them."
Then the Last Post was played on the trumpet by Mr. Mulder and as a special memory, a piece of the former Berlin Wall was displayed on the Altar.
(From Wikipedia) Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. This day, or alternative dates, are also recognized as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918; hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice ("at the 11th hour" refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 a.m.)
The day was specifically dedicated by King George V on 7 November 1919 as a day of remembrance for members of the armed forces who were killed during World War I. This was possibly done upon the suggestion of Edward George Honey to Wellesley Tudor Pole, who established two ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917.
The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields". These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.