BSK hosts Re­mem­brance Com­mem­o­ra­tion

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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.

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