Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919 throughout the British Commonwealth. It was originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate the armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m., on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
Nations around the globe fall silent for one minute at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month every year to remember those who have served their country during war. This practice stems from King George V’s declaration on 6 November 1919 that people throughout the Commonwealth should suspend their normal activities so that in “perfect stillness the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the Glorious Dead”
W.Bro. Roger Quick, Provincial Chaplain, took W.Bro. Geoffrey Wilson with him to the Remembrance service that he conducted , for 609 Squadron, at Leeds-Bradford Airport. They were thrilled to meet a Lancaster pilot; it might be inappropriate to add that he was bombarded with questions. He is seen in the photo with members of the present 609 Squadron and two ladies who worked in the Operations Room.
Perhaps, whilst paying your respect, you will spend a moment in quiet reflection of the Freemasons who fought valiantly, in many conflicts for our Country. As Mark Master Masons, a particular thought about Geoff, and others, who we still have the honour, and pleasure of knowing.
Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.