Sermon Illustrations

Remembrance

Two Minute Silence - 2009

For those without a live trumpeter (as we may be this year) I have been looking for recordings fo the Last Post and Reveille that we might be able to use. Here's the third that I've found. This one is from the Royal British Legion.

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The Last post at Sunset

The Last Post at sunset is a Acoustic track written by a member of our congregation, Roger Toye with Bugler Tony Linford. We will be using this during our Remembrance Sunday service this year.

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Remembrance Day - Last Post and Reveille

For those without a live trumpeter (as we may be this year) I have been looking for recordings fo the Last Post and Reveille that we might be able to use. Here's the second that I've found.

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Last Post HD

For those without a live trumpeter (as we may be this year) I have been looking for recordings fo the Last Post and Reveille that we might be able to use. Here's the first that I've found.

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Remembrance Meditation

A video created by a firend of mine, Simon Rundell. "Played during the ritual of our remembrance service, where poppies are laid on a cross and everyone has an opportunity to respond. Music is the theme to American Beauty by Thomas Newman"

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Remembrance Sunday Video 2009 - From YouTube

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Remembrance Sunday 2009 - from YouTube

A simple video highlighting the importance of Remembrance Sunday

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Remembrance and Last Post

A meditation on fallen soldiers for Remembrance Day

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In Flanders Fields

This video includes a reading of the poem 'In Flanders Fields' by Lt. Col. John McCrae and the well known excerpt from the poem 'For the Fallen' by Laurence Binyon. The voiceover was performed by actor Michael Haynes.

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Flanders Fields

A video from youTube suitable for use in a Remembrance Sunday service with an incredibly haunting choir version of In Flanders Fields

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Remembrance Sunday Video

A video from YouTube suitabel for a Remembrance Sunday Service

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We Shall Remember Them - Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday Video suitable for use in Church Service. This one includes 2 minutes silence with a scrolling list of wars in the last 100 years followed by the Last Post and the the words of remembrance.

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Remebrance Day - The Last Post

The Last Post with photographs as a video

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In Flanders Fields - Lest We Forget

A choral sung version of In Flansers Fields with images as a video.

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Please wear a poppy

"Please wear a poppy," the lady said,
And held one forth, but I shook my head,
Then I stopped and watched as she offered them there,
And her face was old and lined with care;

But beneath the scars the years had made
There remained a smile that refused to fade.
A boy came whistling down the street,
Bouncing along on care-free feet.

His smile was full of joy and fun,
"Lady," said he, "may I have one?"
When she'd pinned it on, he turned to say;
"Why do we wear a poppy today?"

The lady smiled in her wistful way
And answered; "This is Remembrance Day.
And the poppy there is a symbol for
The gallant men who died in war.

And because they did, you and I are free -
That's why we wear a poppy, you see.
I had a boy about your size,
With golden hair and big blue eyes.

He loved to play and jump and shout,
Free as a bird, he would race about.
As the years went by, he learned and grew,
And became a man - as you will, too.

He was fine and strong, with a boyish smile,
But he'd seemed with us such a little while
When war broke out and he went away.
I still remember his face that day.

When he smiled at me and said, 'Goodbye,
I'll be back soon, Mum, please don't cry.'
But the war went on and he had to stay,
And all I could do was wait and pray.

His letters told of the awful fight
(I can see it still in my dreams at night),
With the tanks and guns and cruel barbed wire,
And the mines and bullets, the bombs and fire.

Till at last, at last, the war was won -
And that's why we wear a poppy, son."
The small boy turned as if to go,
Then said: "Thanks, lady, I'm glad to know.

I slunk away in a sort of shame,
And if you were me, you'd have done the same:
For our thanks, in giving, if oft delayed,
Though our freedom was bought - and thousands paid!

And so, when we see a poppy worn,
Let us reflect on the burden borne
By those who gave their very all
When asked to answer their country's call
That we at home in peace might live.
Then wear a poppy! Remember - and Give!

I first found this poem in a church magazine as anonymous, but having searched the web it is attributed to different authors including Don Crawford on the BBC website.

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In Flanders Fields

John McCrae a Canadian soldier took a break from dressing the injuries of wounded soldiers and wrote a poem which has become known to virtually everyone who wears a poppy in November.

In Flanders Fields 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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