I have just returned from a visit to France and Belgium spending time in the area that formed the Ypres battlefield in the First World War, visiting trench systems, cemeteries, museums and memorials. At the Commonwealth Cemetery at Tyne Cot and the German Cemetery of Langemark I reflected on the destruction of war, sacrifice and loss of life. I, along with 3 other students, paid our respects to the fallen at the Menin Gate, Last post Ceremony, and were chosen to lay a wreath in commemoration. For me personally, it was a very emotional experience, due to one of my relative’s names being on the Menin Gate. Overwhelming as it was, it was a huge privilege to be picked to do this and I will remember it forever.
By Danni Garton, Yr10 Merrill Academy
Why do we choose to forget,
When the best is still to be written.
So many stories gone untold,
Enough tears to fill a river.
So many went off to war,
With no flower or a caring tear at all.
When all the crosses are there to say,
They died for us all.
Fighting in fields full of poppies,
With no one to care for them.
100 years later,
We remember the debt we owe to them.
Ella Percival Age 11 St John’s Church
I hope that I meet my family I never got to meet.
Freya Leyland, age 8
I hope for no more fighting or war. Let there be peace.
Fahren Leyland, age 7