At St Martin’s we understand the vital importance of remembering, commemorating and giving thanks to those who have given their lives in conflict to fight for our freedom, safety and British Values. We recognise the need to educate ourselves and learn from History so that we can do everything to prevent conflict both currently and in the future. We teach compassion, respect and the importance of charity.
The Royal British Legion is one of our annual charities. They work to ensure that the people of the United Kingdom remember all those who have lost their lives in active service to the Crown and honours the service of the Armed Forces and veterans and the contribution of their families. Each year we mark Armistice Day with a service that includes a two minute silence and our charity prefects sell poppies to pupils, teachers, families and the wider community.
In Holland, each year there is a tradition of Dutch school children laying flowers on each Allied Servicemen War Grave at the Arnhem War Cemetery in Oosterbeek, Netherlands. At Mill Hill Cemetery there are graves of some 250 Dutch war dead from WW2 who are buried there in their own special plot. In September some of our Form 6 pupils reciprocate this honouring in a special ceremony.