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Trinity News : April 2008
The School’s Remembrance Day usually commemorates the occasion on the Friday nearest November 11th, but the weather caused the Quad service to be postponed until the Monday, when the ceremony took place amid brilliant morning sunshine. Part of the Quadrangle was still in shadow, and one was reminded of the two-fold nature of the occasion: the darkness and horror of war countered by the light of self-sacri?ce for others. These two elements were remembered in the brief service as the Catafalque Party of Cadets formed up around the Memorial Book, a page of which was turned by the Head Master and the School Captain. The emotive notes of the Last Post and Reveille and the reading of the Ode to the Fallen emphasised afresh the need for us to remember what took place in the wars of the last century, and to resolve to prevent their horror returning. Fifty years ago, on December 11 1957, the School Memorial Chapel was dedicated. On Friday November 9 2007, a service was held wherein we were reminded of the Chapel’s inception, construction and dedication, with the Rt Reverend Robert Forsyth, Bishop of South Sydney, the occasional preacher, also reading the prayer based on the 1957 Service of Dedication. Built in honour of the memory of those Trinitarians who gave their lives in the Second World War and Vietnam, the Chapel is the centre of the School, placed squarely amid the busy daily life which surrounds it, to remind us of the sacri?ce not only of the servicemen concerned who died that we may live in peace, but also of the sacri?ce and resurrection to life eternal of our Lord Jesus Christ. Present at the Service were many Old Boys who served in the various con?icts, come to honour their departed comrades, by the placing of a wreath at the foot of the Memorial Tablet in the Chapel, the turning of a page in the Book of Remembrance, and the reciting of the Ode to the Fallen. Reveille and The Last Post were played by the Bugler, and a minute’s silence was observed. Another signi?cant part of the service was the Induction of the Cadet Under Of?cers for 2008 by the Head Master, and the presentation by Mr Barry Collins (’46) of the Remembrance Sword of Honour, awarded to the serving SUO of the Unit, Alexander Clunies-Ross (12Hi). | Ron Ogier Our Cadet Unit was pleased to have provided the Catafalque Party for a Remembrance Day Service at Ash?eld RSL Club. The members and others present were impressed by the high standard of our Cadets’ drill, and the RSL has expressed its gratitude to the School, with the hope that our Cadets will take part in future observances held by the Club. Remembrance Day right: SUO Alexander Clu- nies-Ross (12Hi) was awarded the Remembrance Sword of Honour far right: The OTU members pay their respects to the Trinity Fallen at the Chapel Memorial Service right middle: Bishop Robert Forsyth (’62) leads the congre- gation in prayer below: The Head Master and the School Captain turn a page of the Memorial Book