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Trinity News : April 2011
10 TRINITY NEWS Service At our Remembrance Day service, on November 11, the Quadrangle was partly in sunlight, partly in shadow, a reminder perhaps of the darkness of war, and the light of sacrifice, both of which we remember during this service made up of several simple acts: the Catafalque Party taking its place around the Book of Remembrance, prayers being offered, a page of the Book turned, Last Post sounded, the Flag lowered, the Ode recited, and Reveille sounded. Simple acts, yet profound in their reaching the depths of our hearts to remind us of the nobility, comradeship, loyalty and sacrifice of those who gave their lives so that we are able to live in freedom We forget such things at our peril, for they have been dearly bought. Remember them we must. | Ron Ogier main photo: The Remembrance Day Service around the Quad Book of Remembrance Something always mentioned in our various memorial services is the Book of Remembrance. Its normal location is in the Narthex of the Chapel, but on Anzac Day and Remembrance Day services around the Quadrangle, the Book is placed in the centre of the Quadrangle, where a Cadet Honour guard is formed around it. Containing the names of the men from Trinity who served in the Second World War, it was made for the dedication of the War Memorial Chapel. Each name is hand- written in beautiful copperplate script, done by Mr Clarence (Clarrie) Latham, Trinity’s longest serving teacher, 1917-1970. When the School was smaller, each Monday morning at the then daily Senior and Junior Chapels, a page was turned. This custom is retained nowadays on specific occasions, but the presence of the Book of Remembrance in the Chapel perhaps is subconsciously noticed by the boys when they enter and leave the building, and so forms links, both tangible and intangible, with the School’s past. | Ron Ogier below: The School Captain Dane Drivas (12Mu) and the Head Master turn the page of the Book of Remembrance in the Chapel Remembrance Old Trinitarian’s Remembrance Service Friday November 5th 2010 saw the celebration in the Trinity War Memorial Chapel of Remembrance Day by the Old Trinitarians’ Union. After the Head Master and School Captain turned a page in the Book of Remembrance in the narthex of the Chapel, OTU President Ric Otton laid a wreath beneath the Honour Roll, and read out the names of those Trinity Men who paid the supreme sacrifice in wars of the Twentieth Century. The Ode to the Fallen was spoken by Mr Barry Collins and the address was given by Assistant Chaplain Reverend Peter Wrench. Associated with the service was the presentation to the congregation by the Head Master of the Year 12 Cadets for 2011, with the Cadet Prayer, based on Micah 6:8, being read by MAJ (AAC) Timothy Barden, followed by general prayers led by CAPT (AAC) Richard Bishop. In its quiet dignity, the service reminded those present of the concept of servant leadership which we hold so dear, while honouring those of our School whose sacrifice has been the foundation of our present days, for we walk where they did walk, and we learn where they did learn. Detur Gloria Soli Deo. | Ron Ogier right: Old Boys at the Service