ACT OF REMEMBRANCE WILL BRING HIGHGATE TOGETHER
Please join us Highgate School prepare the first-ever joint Act of Remembrance for and with the Highgate community. The service will take place on November 11th – the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War, in Highgate School’s chapel quad – the outside area behind the school’s memorial gates and adjacent to the chapel. The service is intended to engage the entire village.
Plans are being laid to close part of London’s Highgate Village as the local St Michael’s parish church and Highgate School prepare the first-ever joint Act of Remembrance for and with the Highgate community. The service will take place on November 11th – the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War, in Highgate School’s chapel quad – the outside area behind the school’s memorial gates and adjacent to the chapel. The service is intended to engage the entire village.
The day will commence with an early morning service at St Michael’s Church to be followed by a procession of the congregation through the village to the school. They, and the procession, will be escorted by St Michael’s church choir.
There they will join Highgate School head Adam Pettitt, and chaplain Rachel Weir along with a colour party consisting of members of the Highgate School Combined Cadet Force. Other community leaders, head teachers, children, parents and staff from other local schools, as well as representatives of the village’s many other institutions will also be in attendance. Everyone from the village and beyond who wish to mark their thanks and gratitude will be made welcome.
The service will commence at 10.45, and traffic through parts of the village will be stopped as the solemn two-minute silence is observed at 11.00. Wreaths will then be laid by civic leaders, members of the armed forces, A representative of the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Haringey, the Royal British Legion, police, Highgate School, St Michael’s church, and other local institutions.
According to the Revd Kunle Ayodeji, vicar of St Michael’s, the ceremony “will, before God, enable the people of Highgate to mark the gratitude and respect we owe to all those men and women who fought, were wounded, or died, for the values and freedoms we are fortunate enough to take for granted today. Nothing can repay their sacrifices; nothing restore their lives and limbs.
“Many of those who served from Highgate lost their lives. Many were our parishioners who worshipped in our church. Many were young men who had lived and studied at Highgate School.
“In remembering them we will rededicate ourselves to the values which they, and everyone engaged in those bitter wars of the past, fought and died for.”
Highgate School Head Adam Pettitt said: “Highgate School is honoured to join a community service of remembrance. Each year we observe the heroic sacrifices made in past wars, in particular recalling more than 220 former pupils and members of staff who died in the First World War, at a service of evensong and at an act of remembrance for the whole school, where we gather on the Parade Ground and mark two minutes’ silence. As 2018 marks exactly one hundred years since the end of the First World War, this joint service should provide a moving occasion for reflection and remembrance.”
Rabbi Nicky Liss from the Highgate Synagogue said: “I am really pleased that St Michael’s Church and Highgate School have introduced a local Act of Remembrance on Sunday November 11th, which I will be honoured to help officiate at.
“Rabbi Lord Sacks often notes that through memory we identify with what happened so that it becomes a part of us and who we are. And this event gives us a local opportunity to thank those who laid down their lives to give us the freedoms we so enjoy. May their memories be blessed.”
The Rev David Currie from Highgate’s United Reformed Church said: “On this 100th Anniversary of the end of the Great War, I am delighted we can have this special Remembrance Service for the whole community in Highgate.
“At 10.45 am on Sunday 11th November - Churches Together in Highgate, Inter-faith representatives, and everyone in our local community will gather at the War Memorial in the grounds of Highgate School to remember those who willingly laid down their lives for our freedom."
“We will never forget. This is a unique opportunity to remember those local heroes who gave their lives in the World Wars and in more recent conflicts.”