Remembrance Sunday provides the chance for the country to unite and to reflect on those who gave their lives to preserve our freedom. The Eton community, pupils and staff came together this week to commemorate those who fought for their country.
The act of remembering is particularly close to Eton’s heart, not only because of the Old Etonians currently serve in the military, but also due to the number of Etonians who have died in conflict. 1,157 OEs lost their lives in the First World War alone.
Various services are conducted throughout the week in the spirit of remembrance, including a collective two-minute silence held in School Yard on the 11th hour of Armistice Day, during which the Last Post is played.
This year, pupils and teachers have donated to the Royal British Legion, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. It does hugely valuable work helping British veterans who have fought in conflicts around the globe, ensuring that those who have served for their country are provided with all the support which they may need.
Memorial services were held in both Lower and College Chapel on Remembrance Sunday, with the sermons focusing on the importance of the act of remembrance and the Poppy appeal.