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Virtual Remembrance Sunday ServiceNovember 8th, 2020
The Chapel at Monmouth School for Boys is always full on Remembrance Sunday with boarding boys and girls, parents and guests, taking part in a service that includes the Chapel Choir, who then sing at the town’s Act of Remembrance in St James’ Square.
Unfortunately, our normal observances have been interrupted due to the firebreak measures in Wales.
However, our boarders took part in a virtual Remembrance Sunday Service, which has included online reflections by members of the community on what the day means to them, the reading of the Names of the Fallen, and a pre-recorded Act of Remembrance with Last Post and Rouse sounded respectively by the bugler of The Royal Welsh, and by music scholar and trumpeter, Jack.
Guest speaker for the online service was Major General Rob Thomson, DSO, CBE, Commander of British Forces Cyprus, who is also President of SASRA (the Soldiers and Airmen Scripture Readers Association, of which HM The Queen is patron).
The Principal, Mr James Murphy-O’Connor, and school driver, Mr Danny Nineham, led in the remembrance refrain.
Notably, today’s virtual service contained footage of the singing of Abide With Me by the Military Wives Choir, which included a Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools parent, and marked the centenary of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey.
Please note: This article contains photographs taken in 2019 as today’s service was a virtual one that took place wholly online due to the current national restrictions. The virtual service contained recorded materials and archived footage and was organised by the schools’ Chaplain, Reverend Clifford Swartz.