School’s act of remembrance

20151111- Southmuir Armistice Day'Southmuir Primary School pupils visited Kirriemuir War Memorial to pay their respects with two minutes silence at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day in the eleventh month and to place their poppies on the memorial. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES''No use without payment.
20151111- Southmuir Armistice Day'Southmuir Primary School pupils visited Kirriemuir War Memorial to pay their respects with two minutes silence at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day in the eleventh month and to place their poppies on the memorial. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES''No use without payment.

An inspiring school project which links the town’s past with its future generations continued last Wednesday with an Armistice Day service.

Following on from a successful Remembrance Day event last year, when pupils at Southmuir Primary School and nursery made poppies for each of the fallen named on the War Memorial on Kirrie Hill, the pupils retraced their steps this year to observe a two minute silence at the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

The whole primary school, with a few nursery pupils, walked to the Hill singing songs from World War One.

Parents, family and friends joined the group in time for the morning service.

Primary seven pupils recited in ‘Flanders’ Fields’ then each class placed hand-made poppies at the foot of the memorial. The names of those who made the ultimate sacrifice almost equal the school roll.

Local ministers made a short address and Major Ronnie Proctor recited a soldier’s poem. Primary five and six pupils recited The Fallen.

The Remembrance Day tribute began last year when class teacher Joyce Newton organised pupils to make a poppy for every one of the town’s fallen.

The pupils visited the local museum, had visits from The Black Watch in Perth and talks by Major Proctor. Through research the pupils discovered ancestors of some pupils, where they had fallen and where they lived before they set off to war.