Remembrance Day 11 Nov 2022

Imagine the battlefield… the noise of artillery, the mud, blood and sweat; the graves of the unburied, and the cries of pain…

And remember the family members left to mourn their loss.

The tradition of Remembrance Day was inaugurated by King George V in 1919. It evolved from Armistice Day when all hostilities ceased on the Western Front of World War 1.

The end of the war took effect at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918. On this day, it is now a tradition to give silence at that time to remember those who died in the line of duty to protect our future freedom.

The poppy, which flourished on the battlefields, became the symbol to wear on Remembrance day. The red colour to remind us of the rivers of blood lost on those fields.

Take time, when you enter the library, to observe and reflect upon the doorway of poppies and crosses that heralds your entrance. It symbolises those who sacrificed their lives for us to live our best lives here and now.

We encourage you to read the names on the crosses of those brave TSS boys whose names we shall remember. Harley Stumm (1913- 1944) after whom the library is named, was one of those soldiers. At only 30 years old he lost his life in WW2 when he was shot down over Java.

There is also a display of fiction and non fiction available for you to browse and borrow, along with a collection of war artefacts from the School Archive and Cadet Museum collections.

Our band of brothers
Side by side forever young
Row on row our finest sons
Though you never came home
Your memory lives on…

Lest we forget

Thank you Ms Frankel and Ms Fischer for the wonderful displays you have created to commemorate this most important time in our history.

 

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