BSK hosts Remembrance Commemoration
Remembrance Day - also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day (the event it commemorates) or Veterans Day - is a day to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war, but specifically since the First World War, 1914 - 1918. It is observed on November 11 to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice. It is traditional to sell red poppies in the two weeks approaching Nov 11, the first official British Legion Poppy Day being held in Britain on Nov 11, 1921. The poppy’s significance to Remembrance Day is a result of Canadian military physician John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields. The British School of Kuwait (BSK) held its annual Remembrance Commemoration with Guest of Honor Colonel David Parry, Defense Attache at the British Embassy, and attended by secondary students and their teachers at morning assembly. The VIP party included BSK Senior Management Team members Madame Vera Al-Mutawa MBE, Paul Shropshire, Mark Brisbane, Joanne Wild and Emma Bowie who placed wreaths and poppies on the cenotaph which had been specially constructed by Steven Hart of the Design Technology team. The ceremony included readings from Head Boy, Hashem ElNashar and Head Girl, Sina Abouzahr; Siegfried Sassoon’s Aftermath from Mike Hewlett and a personal account from BSK Director of Media, Kefah Al-Mutawa, a Kuwaiti POW, to mark the forthcoming silver anniversary of the Liberation of Kuwait. The Exhortation and Dedication was delivered by Colonel Pardy while one of the BSK musical ensembles, under the baton of Director of Music Simon Amura, provided the music which included The Last Post, the Reveille, Nimrod from the Enigma Variations and Pavane by Peter Warlock. The ceremony brought to a conclusion a series of BSK events held to support the British Legion including a Poppy Appeal and a visit to the British Embassy gardens for a group of history students to participate in a ceremony for children. The wearing of the poppy represents the support and empathy that is felt for all those who have made any sacrifice in past or present conflicts in order that future generations might not need to experience the same horrors of war.