Remembrance Sunday 2017
13th November, 2017
Merchiston’s Service of Remembrance is arguably the most significant service of the academic year, and this year’s proved no exception. It provides an opportunity to remember the Merchistonians and members of staff who gave their lives in the two World Wars, the significance of the Memorial Hall in the life of the School, and to consider the part which we all have to play in maintaining harmony in the world in which we live. In the section of the service entitled “Merchiston Remembers”, the Chaplain, Nick Blair, spoke about Merchistonians John Michael Paton and Robert Donald Brown, and introduced current Shell pupil, James, to talk about his plan to recruit 100 Merchiston pipes and drums to play after next year’s service, which will mark the centenary, to the day, of the Armistice. The address this year was given by Dr Michael Carslaw, Headmaster of St Leonards School in St Andrews, and Merchistonian. He compared the Merchiston of his day (the 1970s) with the Merchiston of today, with our rich tapestry of different cultures and nationalities, the experience of which should enable the boys to play their part in a more understanding and tolerant world. The Act of Hope and Reconciliation which followed involved the lighting of a candle for every country represented in today’s Merchiston and the St George’s boarding community. It was a very thought-provoking occasion.