Remembrance Sunday is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice to secure and protect our freedom.

Our Remembrance started on Sunday with a  moving and poignant Remembrance Service at St. Giles' church, Imber. Well done to the Warminster Music brass ensemble who played beautifully in rather chilly conditions.

This was then followed by a parade and service in Warminster town.

The CCF were extremely professional as they marched through Warminster town with pride. When they arrived at the cenotaph, together with the other groups that had marched through the town, they listened solemnly as our Head Boy and Head Girl, together with the Head Boy and Head Girl from Kingdown read the names of the fallen from Warminster in the World Wars and conflicts since. 

We then commemorated the day with a whole school service on 11th November.

The Head Boy Finn Wallrafen  and Head Girl Freya Smye read the names of the the thirty nine staff and Old Verlucians that have fallen, over both World Wars.

Johannes, as the oldest pupil read out:

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old:

age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

we will remember them.

Sol Martínez, the youngest pupil, stood alongside him and the Headmaster as this was read out. Colour Sergeant, Ben Austin, Senior Cadet, did the first reading. The combined School choirs from both Prep and Senior side of the School sang beautifully in a very moving tribute. 

It was wonderful to see the church full of pupils, staff and parents wearing their poppies with pride. Over the years the old paper poppy that we traditionally wore has developed and we can now get different shapes, sizes and regimental ones to name but a few.

But why do we wear the poppy?

The reason poppies are used to remember those who have given their lives in battle is because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after World War One ended. This is described in the famous World War One poem In Flanders Fields. Ever since then, they have come to be a symbol of remembering not just those who gave their lives in World War One, but all those who have died on behalf of their country. Some people say you should wear your poppy from 31 October. Others say you should wear it in the 11 days leading up to Remembrance Day. Some believe you shouldn't wear one until after Bonfire night on 5 November. The Royal British Legion state if you want to wear a poppy, you may wear it any time you like.

Stella Aldridge, Deputy Head of Development & Alumni