Remembrance Sunday approaches with an outpouring of national gratitude. Our Remembrance Concert at Denbigh this year will focus particularly on the centenary of the Great War.
Respect and appreciation will be shown at cenotaphs nationwide to commemorate the bravery, and ultimate sacrifice, on behalf of king and country.
Guns continued firing on the Western Front right up until eleven o’clock on the morning of November 11, 1918.
The armistice came into effect after more than four years of unimaginable loss of life and bloodshed.
Letter to Fiancé
In my possession is a letter written by a 22 year old Welsh soldier, writing home to his beloved fiancé on August 22, 1917.
Although they knew where they were bound for, still they were quite cheerful and sang the whole of the way.”
Popular wartime songs were “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary,” and “Keep the Home Fires Burning.” They generated fond thoughts of returning home.
Remembrance Concert at Denbigh Town Hall
Also at our remembrance concert local school children and local dignitaries will pay homage to ‘The Glorious Dead’.
One of our presentations will be “Mansions of the Lord” by Nick Glennie-Smith.
The lyrics by Randall Wallace consist of three short verses that dwell not on war and death. Rather than on the eternal peace of Heaven.
Moreover, the music is dignified, uplifting, and reinforces the text’s message of hope. It is touching and emotional to sing.
It will be an evocative and emotional evening.
We Will Remember Them
A suitable precursor for Remembrance Sunday. When we again reflect on Laurence Binyon’s world’s most commemorative poem:
“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.”