Kohima Epitaph & Last Post Service, UK

IMG_9831Start at 10:55

so silence will commence at 11:00 am.

 

Scripture        Deuteronomy 32:7

Hear the ancient words of our faith from the Hebrew scripture, Deuteronomy, chapter 32, verse 7:

Remember the days of old,

consider the years long past;

ask your parents, and they will inform you;

your elders, and they will tell you.

Our service this morning uses suggestions from both the British Legion and Churches Together in Britain.  We remember always that while we remember those who have died or were wounded in wars and conflicts, we pray and work for peace today. 

To start, [a veteran] and [a child or youth], will help us remember.

Remembering

Veteran:

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.  Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

A younger person replies:

At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

Worship Leader:  And let the people say, We will remember them:  We will remember them.

(If there is still time, go as far as child lighting the candle, before the silence.)

2 Minute Silence – at 11:00 am

As a sign of respect, those who are able, please stand.  If it is easier for you to remain sitting, please do.  During this two minutes of silence, we remember.  Silence –

The Last Post  (start at exactly 2 minutes)

                    On trumpet or a CD

(after the Last Post)   Please be seated.

Prayer

Spirit of Love, we remember those whom you have gathered from the storm of war into the peace of your presence.  May that same peace calm our fears, bring justice to all peoples and establish harmony among the nations.   Amen.

The Kohima Epitaph – [recited by the Veteran]

When you go home, tell them of us and say,

for your tomorrow, we gave our today.

Light a candle  —  Veteran & Youth

Young person:  We light this candle as a symbol of remembrance, peace and hope.

Read list of war casualties [military and civilian] from this church or area, if available. Consider reading names from the list of casualties suffered by the ‘enemy’, also.

Thank you [Veteran] and [child/youth] for helping us remember.