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Remembrance Day 2011

 

Service of Remembrance
Corstorphine Village War Memorial
Sunday 13th November 2011

 

Remembrance Day 2011

 

For the first time in a number of years, Lodge St John Corstorphine No.788 had the opportunity to lay a wreath at the War Memorial in Corstorphine Village.

The event was very well attended and attracted wreaths from the Royal Navy, British Army / Royal British legion, Royal Air Force, Merchant Navy, Lothian and Borders Police, Fire & Rescue and Scottish Ambulance Service, Parliament, Scottish Parliament and Local Council as well as local organisations such as The Corstorphine Trust, Corstorphine Community Council, Corstorphine Primary School, Local Churches, The Rotary Club and Lodge St John Corstorphine No.788.

The Service was headed by Rev Moira McDonald who is the Minister of Corstorphine Old Parish Church and aided by some very fine speakers, a bugle player for "The Last Post" and a piper for "The Flowers of the Forest", the traditional lament for fallen forces in the Commonwealth.

Remembrance Day, Poppy Day or Armistice Day is observed in most Commonwealth countries at 11am on the 11th Day of the 11th Month to mark the official end of the hostilities of World War One, and also at 11am on the Sunday nearest that day.

 

 

 

 

 

Wreath from Lodge St John Corstorphine No.788

 

 

 

 

The Poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields" where the poppies bloomed in some of the worst Battlefields of Flanders in World War 1.

Perhaps their bright red colour symbolises the blood spilt in this war.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

 

 

Open for Teas, Coffee, Cakes and Biscuits

The Lodge at Kirk Loan, Corstorphine
open for Teas, Coffee, Cakes and Biscuits.

 

In good masonic style, the Lodge rooms at Kirk Loan in Corstorphine were open and serving Teas, Coffee, Cakes and Biscuits to anyone in need of refreshment on the day.

Many thanks go to our Teas Maid Sean Cairns and his wife Lee Cairns and friend Ruth Cameron for all the wonderful home baking provided on the day.  If you've missed it this year, then make a note in your diary for Remembrance Day 2012.

 

 


 
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