Last year we dedicated our War Memorial Chapel (in the east transept) because the time had come to provide an appropriate space for our “War Memorial Board” and the “Roll of Honour” which marked that first great conflagration of the last century. We also remember, as the Cenotaph now does, the “Fallen” of later conflicts not least of those being the II World War 1939 -1945. We remember because to forget is to betray those good and decent souls who laid down their lives that we might live in peace. It is right the whole community comes out to this Service because it is a community event (one of the few) when people of every generation come together in our society as a community. Pray for peace at this time when our world is beset by those who would destroy peace and remember the words from the Kohima Memorial (one of the fiercest battles of the II World War) which the British and Indian forces won over the Japanese
“When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today”.
The verse is attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds, an English classics master who served in the army and is thought to have been inspired by the epitaph written by Simonides to honour the Spartans who fell at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC
May God grant to us peace in our time.