Beacon pupils learn about sacrifices made for freedom

PUBLISHED: 06:30 10 November 2015

Beacon Primary School pupils have been busy making wreaths and paintings for The Poppy Appeal. Ref exe 3768-45-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Beacon Primary School pupils have been busy making wreaths and paintings for The Poppy Appeal. Ref exe 3768-45-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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Children are commemorating Remembrance Sunday by writing poetry and creating pictures of what happened on the battlefields 100 years ago.

Beacon Primary School pupils have been busy making wreaths and paintings for The Poppy Appeal. Ref exe 3781-45-15AW. Picture: Alex WaltonBeacon Primary School pupils have been busy making wreaths and paintings for The Poppy Appeal. Ref exe 3781-45-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Inspired by famous poems such as In Flanders Field and stories and paintings from the time, the youngsters, from the Beacon Church of England Primary School, hope their work will help people with their reflections following the Remembrance Service in The Strand, Exmouth, on Sunday, November 8.

The pictures and verses will be displayed at Community Church Exmouth, just off The Strand in Market Street, where everyone is invited for freshly-baked cakes and a hot brew in aid of the Royal British Legion.

Headteacher Sue Lockwood, said: “It’s important the children understand and appreciate the sacrifices men and women made so that we, as a nation, can carry on living in peace and freedom.”

Martina Pegler, co-leader of Community Church Exmouth, agreed and said she was delighted that Beacon School had agreed to join them with the fundraiser.

Beacon Primary School pupils have been busy making wreaths and paintings for The Poppy Appeal. Ref exe 3785-45-15AW. Picture: Alex WaltonBeacon Primary School pupils have been busy making wreaths and paintings for The Poppy Appeal. Ref exe 3785-45-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

She said: “As Christians, we particularly appreciate the freedom that we have to express our faith in this nation without having to fear persecution, discrimination or even death, as so many of our sisters and brothers in other nations do.

“Jesus said: ‘Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ These men and women could not have shown greater love and could have not paid a higher price for this nation and we are very grateful and want to remember them.

“Personally, Remembrance Day also reminds us of the sacrifice that Jesus, the Son of God, made for us all by dying on the cross so that we may have an assurance of everlasting life in peace and without pain or suffering. His death was not in vain and nor is the death or suffering of all these me n and women.”

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