Sermon for Remembrance Sunday 11th November 2018

Staff and colleagues from the Fifth Fusiliers and British Legion congregated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary's St Luke's Chapel today, marking 100 years since the end of World War 1, ahead of Remembrance Sunday (11 November).

The Chaplaincy team, Nigel Goodfellow, David Shaw and Capt Katie Watson welcomed those present and Katie read out the Act of Remembrance to remind all those present of the importance of acknowledging all those lost during war.

"May we remain faithful in adversity, live our lives to the full and give willingly of all that we are, as our act of remembrance, today and for ever more, Amen."

The local Jesmond Branch of The Royal British Legion lay a wreath at the memorial in the Chapel which records the names of 20 member of staff who worked at the RVI, who died in the hostilities. Chaplain David Shaw read out the names of all those on the memorial:

A bugler from the Fifth Fuseliers played the 'Last Post' followed by a two minute silence then 'Reveille'.

Remembrance Sunday 11 November

We would like to invite our staff, patients and visitors to observe a 2 minute silence at 11am on Sunday 11 November when we all remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, in two World Wars and more recent conflicts, and also those who fought with and alongside the British Armed Forces.

Why the act of remembrance matters: 

Great Britain still believes strongly in remembering those who fought not only in World Wars, but the more than 12,000 British Servicemen and women killed or injured since 1945.

This year both the centenary Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day fall on Sunday 11 November.

The act of Remembrance rightly has a place in - and an impact on - our lives, no matter which day of the week it might fall upon.

Lest we forget

They shall not grow 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

When you go home, tell them of us and say:

"For your tomorrow, we gave our today"

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