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12 November 2018Remembrance Sunday

At 11am on Remembrance Sunday about 15 people attended LCC's ceremony at the war memorial in Redhall Park (see picture below).

Des Laughney's speech is shown below:

Good morning, can I welcome you all to our 2018 Remembrance Day ceremony. This event has been organised by Longstone Community Council. My name is Des Loughney and I am chair of the Community Council. Today is a special Remembrance Day since it is a 100 years since the signing of the Armistice. This memorial was opened in 1922 to commemorate the local armed services people who died in the two world wars: 48 in World War 1 and 24 in World War 2.

The agenda for today is that I will read a war poem and the verse from the poem by Laurence Binyon ‘For the Fallen’ and  make a few remarks. There will then be the two minutes silence. After that wreaths will be laid. People laying weaths are welcome to say a few words.

The ceremony will end once the last wreath has been laid.

This is the poem by the famour war poet, Wilfred Owen, called ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’. It was written in 1917. Wilfred Owen was killed at the front just before the Armistice in November 1918. Owen spent some time during the war recovering from shell shock near here at Craiglockhart Hospital. During that time he taught at Tynecastle High School. I first read this poem at a school Rememberance ceremony in 1963.

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.

No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, -
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.
The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.

Laurence Binyon “For the Fallen’

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.

Response: we will remember them.

As a final thought can I say that I visited my son who is working in Japan. I spent a few days in Nagasaki and visited the site of the second atomic bomb explosion which killed 100,000 people. In addition to all the service people I think we should remember the millions of civilians, men, women and children, who died in both wars.

Wreaths were laid on behalf of LCC and Sainsbury's staff.

Children at Longstone Primary School made a memorial (see picture below)


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