STUDENT SHOUT: This is what Remembrance means to me

Remembrance Day. To me it's one of the most important events of the year.

Tuesday, 14th November 2017, 9:37 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 10:40 am
Hampshire Police Male Voice Choir at the remembrance parade at the Guildhall, Portsmouth, last Friday

Two minutes of silence to commemorate the sacrifice that millions of men made to forge the country we live in today and to protect people’s liberty.

It is one of the many things that makes the country what it is.

No matter a person’s beliefs or interests, whether they support rival football teams or different political parties, Remembrance Day brings people together to commemorate the sacrifices made through the First World War, the Second World War and every other conflict that has ever been fought since.

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Remembrance Day brings people together as one to make sure that we never forget the sacrifices that have been made to defend this country, and many others around the world, and the rights that we believe in.

I had never been to a proper Remembrance Service until last Friday – only small ones in the village in which I grew up.

Therefore I did not fully understand how much Remembrance Day meant to other people other than me and my family.

It was truly eye-opening to see the love, care and respect at that Remembrance Service in Portsmouth Guildhall.

The recital of In Flanders Field was particularly poignant.

The words of poet John McCrae were both chilling and emotional and made the atmosphere all the more powerful.

Remembrance Day is as important today as it has always been.

It is a reminder of the past, for the future. And a reminder of all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend what they believed in.

It is of paramount importance that we do not forget it, or those who have been lost in conflict.

Student Shout is a weekly column by journalism students at Highbury College.