Sunday, 11 November 2012

My Remembrance Sunday

For those consumers of this blog who hail from outside the UK or the Commonwealth, the significance of Remembrance Sunday is explained here.  The poppy is the traditional flower associated with today and this period in the year.
Last week, whist in Malta I visited the grave of a trooper from Sheffield UK, who incredibly underwent heart surgery in Malta after being injured in Salonika during WW1. He sadly died of complications from the surgery and is buried in the Commonwealth War cemetery in Malta. The story is told here.
This morning, I attended mass at our  local church in Hathersage,  where the 2 minute silence at 11am (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month) was observed and where the parish priest led a ceremony of wreath laying at the memorial to the fallen.
One of the sombre musical pieces associated with today is Edward Elgar's Nimrod from the Enigma Variations. There are many versions on YouTube. I quite like this one with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Colin Davies.