Remembrance Day at Wallace Hall
On Wednesday 11th November at 11am, Wallace Hall pupils and staff paid their respects to the many brave men and women who lost their lives serving their country in various conflicts since the start of World War One in 1914. Barry Graham, Head Teacher at Wallace Hall, led the tributes by delivering a thought provoking address over the school tannoy where he explained the history behind Remembrance Day.
Lois Geddes, Head Girl, and Ted Bowie, Head Boy, then gave a moving rendition of “In Flanders Fields”, the war poem written by Canadian Physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae which was followed by a 2-minute silence observed by both primary and secondary pupils and staff.
Mr Graham, Lois and Ted then visited the War Memorial in East Morton Street, Thornhill, placing a wreath of poppies on the memorial on behalf of everyone at Wallace Hall. They then spent some time looking at the names on the memorial and thinking of the brave armed forces and their families who have suffered since the First World War began.
Mr Graham said: “It is always important that we remember those who gave everything so that we can live the lives we now have. The 2-minute silence gave our pupils and staff the time to reflect on the many sacrifices made and remember all those brave men and women who gave their lives for their country over the years. This year it is probably even more important that we remember and hold collections for our ex-service personnel as we all know that charities are struggling. The poppy is a symbol of recovery that took place in Flanders Fields at the end of the First World War and helps us to realise at the end of this pandemic that we will recover too.”