Remembrance Sunday

All GFA Loughton teams hold a minute silence

Today all GFA Loughton teams held a minute silence in Remembrance for all the fallen heroes that gave up their lives for our freedom. Below we have a few poems and quotes for those heroes.

FOR THE FALLEN

Penned by Laurence Binyon, this is probably the most famous war poem in English.

Also known as the Ode of Remembrance, it was first published in the Times on September 21, 1914 – just two months after the First World War began on July 28. Binyon was too old to enlist as a soldier in the Great War, but he volunteered in hospitals, helping wounded French soldiers.

He wrote For the Fallen in Cornwall shortly after the Battle of Marne:

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.

 

An extract from For the Fallen – Laurence Binyon

 

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,

England mourns for her dead across the sea.

Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,

Fallen in the cause of the free.

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,

Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;

As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,

To the end, to the end, they remain.

Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue

“When you go home, tell them of us and say, for their tomorrow we gave our today.”

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

“All we have of freedom, all we use or know – / This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.”