13 November 2016

Remembrance Sunday service

 This morning we attended a Remembrance Sunday service to honour the war dead.  The service was organised by the British Embassy and held at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission military cemetery in Ramleh.  There were elderly veteran's present as well as Ambassador's, Military Attachésinterdenominational religious leaders and members of the public.  

It was a moving service organised with military precision.  For me the highlights were the reading of the poem In Flanders' Fields written by Canadian Doctor and Soldier
Lt Col. John McCrae and the Act of Remembrance which was an extract from Laurence Binyon's poem For The Fallen.  The last post was played followed by two minutes silence and reveille.  It is such a rousing, emotive sound. Then a piper played "Flower of the Forest" on the bagpipes and wreaths were laid.  After the main service there was a second short service held in a part of the cemetery where there are a number of Commonwealth soldiers of the Jewish faith are buried and the Rabbi and Cantor to the Israel Defence Forces said some prayers adjacent to their graves.  Here are a selection of photographs from today's service.

"They shall not grow 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."

 ~ How the poppy tradition began
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