World War-I was no different. Tens of thousands of soldiers lost their lives. When the War ended in 1919, it was decided to observe a Remembrance Day on 11th November every year. It is also known as the Armistice Day.
This is an exclusive guest story on Remembrance Day-2017 for Ghumakkad's blog. Credits for this story are as follows:
Story: Trixie Asirvatham
Photo credits: Vijay Alphonse, Bangalore. Used with permission
As Armistice Day marked the end of hostilities of World War-1, the Armed Forces traditionally play an important role in the Remembrance Day service. The army band from the neighbouring Pioneer Corps Training Centre played at the ceremony, officers laid wreaths, officers read out the Bible passages, officers including my husband Rajan took the offertory bags around, and so on.
It was good for sleepy St. John's to wake to the rousing sound of the military band from the PCTC playing percussion, wind and brass instruments, with old favourite battle hymns like Onward Christian Soldiers, Rock of Ages, The Battle Hymn of the Republic - a patriotic marching song, Eternal Father, Strong to Save – a song about God’s protection on the waters, His peace and calm in the midst of raging storm and tempest, Lead Kindly Light - Gandhiji’s favourite hymn, and others.
Postscript: In fact St John's Church Cemetery at Kalpally Bangalore has been visited by many descendants who come hunting for their ancestors. Readers may browse the story 'Blow a Lament' published in the Business Standard.
Hope you enjoyed browsing the story. If it brought you goose bumps, the fallen heroes would have blessed you.
Thanks Trixie for all the inputs and for your superb story.
War Memorials exist in major military formations and stations where wreaths are laid by visiting dignitaries. Wreaths are also laid on the Raising Day of a Unit. India Gate in Delhi is one such memorial where wreaths are laid by the Prime Minister of India on Republic Day (26th January) and by the three Service Chiefs on Army Day (15th January), Navy Day (4th December), Air Force Day (8th October) and Vijay Diwas (15th December) every year. Ghumakkad had visited Belgaum recently which has a Hall of Valour honouring its brave soldiers.
We end with a quote from one of the young fallen officers Capt Vikram Batra who was awarded Param Vir Chakra posthumously, the highest gallantry award during war time in India.
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- Harsh-the-Ghumakkad/ 19th Dec 2017