“They shall grow not 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.”
“The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.”
On Friday, I attended along with many parents, children, military personnel, religious ministers and staff from Porthleven School for the dedication of Porthleven School’s new Remembrance Garden.
This was a lovely service with three religious ministers, two from RNAS Culdrose, and St Barts minister each taking turns during the dedication.
Porthleven has strong links with the military, not only with those who went to fight in far-flung lands, but with RNAS Culdrose whose personnel have often made Porthleven their home.
The Remembrance Garden is wonderful, and was made by the children of the school. The school should be very proud of the work, as it is a fitting tribute for those who served, but more importantly, those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Garden of Remembrance at Porthleven School
For those who have served, are serving and for those who never came home
“O eternal Lord God, Who alone spreadest out the heavens and rulest the raging of the seas; who hast compassed the waters with bounds until day and night come to an end: be pleased to receive into thy almighty and most gracious protection the persons of us thy servants and the fleet in which we serve. Preserve us from the dangers of the sea and of the air and from the violence of the enemy: that we may be safeguard unto our most sovereign lady, Queen Elizabeth, and her dominions, and a security for such as pass on the seas upon their lawful occasions; that the inhabitants of our island and commonwealth may in peace and quietness serve thee our God; and that we may return in safety to enjoy the blessings of the land, with fruits of our labours and with a thankful remembrance of thy mercies to praise and glorify thy holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen”