Rev Rosie writes ...
When you hear mention on the 11th November and Remembrance Day, I wonder what thoughts come to mind; what memories are evoked?
It may be the tradition of wearing your poppy each year, or watching the Armistice parade in London and the placing of the wreaths at the Cenotaph, or perhaps it is seeing the poppy ''Tommy'' work of art that was hung from the tower of All Saints Church last year to remember the centenary anniversary of the end of the First World War.
For me, I have childhood memories of going to British Legion parades at various places across Norfolk where my Dad either marched with former members of the armed forces or carried the British Legion Standard for his local branch. I remember seeing numerous men and a few women marching with pride as they paid tribute to their colleagues who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars amidst a colourful sea of fluttering standards the brass and silver tops sparkling in the sunshine. I also remember occasions when it was pouring with rain and everyone got soaked through as rain never stopped play!
I think the importance of remembering was impressed upon me in my early years because both my parents were well aware of the costliness of war and never wanted to see it again. I was reminded of their attitude this last week when I heard an interview on Breakfast TV with an old soldier who was celebrating his 100th Birthday who spoke with tears in his eyes of what is currently going on in our nation and his concern of Britain going it alone. Whatever our feelings about leaving the EU, it was the devastation caused through those wars that brought about the coming together of the European nations in a move to stop any future conflict.
I am always impressed by the importance placed by Moorlands on teaching about WWI and WWII and the preparations made for the Remembrance Day service in church each year. Last year each child made a red poppy to be included in the ''Tommy'' and this year they will be able to see him displayed inside the church. I hope that they too will take with them an understanding of how important it is to remember the costliness of war.
Whilst on holiday this autumn, Tim and I spent a day at Eden Camp near York, where we dodged the showers as we moved from hut to hut on this former prisoner of war camp. The huts were the original huts where the men lived and worked but have been transformed into a living museum where visitors can experience many of the life experiences of the men, women and children of war-time Britain. Listening to some of the school children visiting at the same time they were incredulous of the living conditions and lack of food and belongings and the change in attitude toward women working from then until now.
Next May we will be remembering 75 years since the end of World War II and in Belton and Burgh Castle we are aiming to celebrate in style, including a memorial on the church towers.
Before that, we have Remembrance Sunday on the 10th November this year. There will be a service at 10.30am at All Saints Belton where the Belton Scout troop will be in attendance, and also at 3pm at Burgh Castle. We would love you to join us.