November 2018

Remembrance Sunday this year falls on the 11th November, which is also known as Armistice Day. I always think there is an extra special poignancy when the 11th is a Sunday but more so this year with it being the 100th anniversary of the end of the first World War.

There are various activities being promoted this year, as communities are being encouraged to recognise this significant anniversary. As a Church, numerous people have been working away to ensure that Trinity plays its part in remembering those about whom it is said "for your tomorrow we gave our today" (taken from the Epitaph from the Battle of Kohima). Individual wooden poppy crosses with the names of those on the memorial boards will be placed around the entrance to each of our three Church buildings (special thanks to Douglas Campbell and the Sunday Schools for being involved with this).

The Boys' Brigade has been accepted to be part of 'Together We Remember 1918'. As part of this project ten clear Perspex silhouettes will be placed around the congregation in Strathaven. The aims of the project are three fold:

  • To Commemorate the Fallen. Highlighting the sacrifices made by so many through silhouette installations around the country.
  • To Educate all generations, particularly today’s younger generation, to understand what led to the deaths of 888,246 people from Britain and The Commonwealth.
  • To help heal those suffering from the hidden wounds of post-traumatic stress disorder and other lasting legacies of combat, by raising funds for our beneficiary charities.

The silhouettes are to represent those on the Roll of Honour, by returning the fallen to the spaces they left behind in our local community. (Our thanks go to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, Remembered and Youth United Foundation for granting us the ten 'There But Not There' silhouettes.)

In addition, 1st Strathaven Boys’ Brigade is playing its part in Battle’s Over, an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I. There is more information about this elsewhere on this website. At 7.05pm over 1,000 churches (including Trinity) and cathedrals will ring their bells as part of Ringing Out for Peace. The church will be open for anyone who wishes to sit and pray or simply reflect on the wars and conflicts that have taken (and still are taking) place around the world.

On 11 November, let us remember and give thanks for those who gave their ‘today for our tomorrows’.

With every good wish,
Shaw J Paterson

NOTE: Since Strathaven's Lethame Road building will be hosting the town's Remembrance Parade, the service time on 11 November will be delayed until 11.30am to accommodate the service at the war memorial which commences at 11.00am.

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