Sixth Form News - RememberancePosted on 15/11/2019
Remembrance & what it means within the Sixth Form :
Coretta Scott King once said: “struggle is a never-ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.”
I feel like this quote is particularly relevant during this period of remembrance. For many, the latter has come to be solely defined by black screens bearing black banners with black ‘lest we forget captions’ and a mandatory, sparkly poppy GIF illuminating the words. For many, the importance of Remembrance Day doesn’t extend past the minute’s silence, past paper poppies that fall from lapels as soon as the eleventh day becomes the twelfth.
We should remember that freedom is “never really won”; the eleventh day serves as a time to honour those lost in past, ongoing or even future conflict, as well the army personnel currently in the field at this time. That said, there’s an element of detachment from the latter; it’s hard to feel connected to individuals you’ve never met. Remembrance can therefore be a period of time in which to remember those who’ve passed that were close to you.
Last week, Sixth Formers helped sell poppies in order to raise awareness of remembrance and charities supporting veterans.