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Today, we held our annual remembrance service. Part of our service always includes the reading of poems which were inspired by historical conflicts. These words help us pause and reflect.

An example of one of the poems read today is below. We have also displayed some war and conflict inspired texts in the library.

In Flanders Fields

(John McCrae 1872 –1918)

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

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