Children from Years 5 and 6 at Rockwell Green Primary School laid flowers and Remembrance crosses on war graves in Wellington Cemetery this week. The Commonwealth War Graves in the cemetery mark the sacrifice of more than 20 service personnel from the Wellington area in World Wars 1 and 2 – and one from Rorke’s Drift, a key battle in the Anglo-Zulu War in 1879.
The children were accompanied by members of Wellington British Legion, the RBL county Chairman Major Robert McDonald, Wellington Mayor Bob Bowrah and councillors and joined them in observing one minute’s silence before returning to school.
This ceremony may mark the annual act of remembrance but the children from Rockwell Green Primary School take flowers to each of the war graves in the cemetery on the 20th day of each month throughout the year. Each class takes it in turn to visit the cemetery, lay fresh flowers – paid for by Wellington Town Council – and remove the old ones. This touching and respectful tradition was introduced in 2000.