Being a newcomer to the community it was so inspiring to see how the people of Crewkerne came together to remember. I had the privilege of speaking about remembrance in a number of schools, taking part in a service at Crewkerne Hospital and three remembrance services over the Saturday and Sunday of remembrance weekend.
I was struck on Saturday at Falklands Square that everyone, young and old, pedestrian and driver paused to remember. Men and women proudly wearing their own medals and the medals of loved ones joined by a large crowd including pupils and staff from St Bartholomew’s C of E First School who lead prayers after the silence. This demonstrated to me that this was not just a select few who took on the important task of remembrance but the whole community.
On Sunday this was repeated, as wreath after wreath was laid at the memorial at St Bartholomew’s Church from representatives of a wide range of organisations before a packed church listened to the names of those who gave their life in a number of conflicts from the First World War to more recent conflicts read out.
There is hope in remembrance, that in remembering the challenging times of the past they can somehow not be repeated and there is hope that Jesus who is the great healer and mediator invites all who follow him into an everlasting life free from war, pain, loss and death. Crewkerne is a community that stopped to remember and is there for a community that carries hope.
The Revd Craig Sinclair, Curate