KNES celebrates Remembrance Day
This week students at Kuwait National English School (KNES) have been learning about Remembrance Day and participating in events and activities that focus on peace and tolerance. This year marks the 98th Anniversary of the end of World War One. That war now seems like a very long time ago, especially when there have been plenty of wars since then. But World War One changed the modern world. For some people it defined the horror of modern warfare in what turned out to be mankind’s bloodiest era, the twentieth century. Millions of men fought in the battles from all across the world. Sometimes they signed up to fight voluntarily while others were conscripted by their countries governments to fight. All those involved left behind their families. Sadly many never returned home and those that did often carried both physical and mental scars from what they had been through and seen. The First World War was a Total war affecting all people in all areas of life. Many young women travelled to the battle fields to be nurses and ambulance drivers. Others worked in dangerous jobs in factories or in agriculture helping to fill provide much needed labor while the men were away fighting. Many women lost their husbands, sons, and brothers. For all those involved life would never seem the same again.
Once the armistice was signed and the Great War as it was then known was over, many felt that the sacrifice of all those people should not be forgotten. In 1919, on the first anniversary of the Armistice, a service was held. This was not just a national act of remembrance but an international one due to the global impact of the First World War. Now each year on the Sunday nearest to 11 November (Remembrance Day) at 11 o’clock in the morning, a Remembrance Service is held.
The Poppy was adopted in 1921 by The Royal British Legion as the symbol of Remembrance. It was the first thing that grew back on the muddy fields after the Great War ended. Many believed the dead had simply turned to poppies.
All over Britain there are memorials to those who fought and during remembrance and tolerance week they will be covered in wreaths of Poppies. They are to be found in city centers, towns and villages as well as railway stations and universities. Each one carries a long list of the names of people from that local area, workplace or university. You may want to take time to read the names inscribed on them because they are the names of those who have died for our freedom.
This year Kuwait National English School students have been involved in acts of remembrance and tolerance at the British Embassy. KNES Staff and a group of students, many of whom are studying IGCSE History, attended the event at the Embassy that was hosted by the Ambassadors wife. The students, who ranged from Primary through to Sixth Form, were give a tour of the gardens and a presentation by a Royal Navy Officer and a Royal Air Force Officer. All the students involved showed great maturity and were honorable ambassadors for our school’s diverse community. There followed an act of remembrance and poppies were laid at the war memorial to remember all those who have died for our freedom as well as all those who have been and continue to be affected by the horrors of war.
In school this week all students have continued to learn about remembrance and tolerance. Remembrance Day is a day of reflection. It allows us to remember or think about all those people who are affected by wars, both in the past and now. It allows us to think about all those people who suffer in wars all around the world. And it reminds us how important it is to work for peace. All secondary students were involved our annual Remembrance and Tolerance Assembly which took place in Remembrance Sunday. A two-minute silence was held to remember all those who have lost their lives or been affected by war. Students contributed to the assembly by reading war poetry, playing music and singing appropriate songs that focused on tolerance.
It is important to remember all those who have died in wars for our freedom. But, it is also important to remember all those people who have mental or physical injuries caused by war which they have to live with for the rest of their lives.