Remembrance Sunday 2017
This year our congregation did again observe the Remembrance Sunday, which is commemmorated throughout the Commonwealth countries and is also recognized as a special day for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries.
A delegation of the 'Bond van Wapenbroeders' was present to take part in the service. Prior to the service the delegation, augmented by one of our own church members stood at the entrance of the chapel presenting the 'Banier' and the Merchant navy Ensign.
When the service commenced, the delegation went to the altar in a procession and then the 'Banier' and Ensign were place next to the Netherlands and British national coulours.
Our locum Brian Rodford did emphesize in his sermon the horrors of war and the importance of remembering the servicemen who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.In the first World War and all Wars to follow till now. After the sermon Arthur Cass did lay the 'Poppies-wreath' followed by reciting the well known poem:
"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"
and the congregation replied with "We will remember them".
The British and Dutch National Anthems were sung after which the service continued with the Eurcharist.
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.
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