We Will Remember Them

Many Brethren from Essex and throughout the UK have been notified that the Remembrance Day Parade at the Cenotaph in London on Sunday 8th November 2020 has been cancelled due to the pandemic. They would have taken part in the March Past as members of contingents from the Circuit of Service Lodges, the Royal British Legion or Veteran Service Associations.

The Brethren will be disappointed but we are all encouraged to watch the small service which will take place instead on BBC 1 or attend a local Remembrance event, subject to Covid restrictions, or pay our personal respects with the Two Minutes Silence.

It is at times like this when we reflect on the horrors of war or the destruction of pandemics that words fail us but on a clifftop in North Cornwall in September 1914, just a few weeks after the beginning of WW1, Laurence Binyon (1869-1943) composed his famous poem For The Fallen with its immortal final verse which helps us with humble gratitude preserve the memory of all those who have paid the Supreme Sacrifice.

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.