Posted on June 22nd 2015
Visit to the Commemoration to mark the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo
MacDonald Mide-Madariola of 7G2 and History teacher Mr. Greenwood were honoured to be invited, along with a number of other Harris students, to the service of commemoration to mark the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo at St. Paul’s Cathedral, which took place on the 18th June 2015. The service paid tribute to the significance of this battle in the history of 19th Century Europe, and the sacrifice made by soldiers of the British, French and Prussian armies. Ancestors of the soldiers that fought in the battle were joined by dignitaries such as His Majesty the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of Gloucester, the Duke of Wellington, the Mayor of the City of London and Prime Minister David Cameron to commemorate this moment in history. The Bishop of London led the service inside the majestic cathedral built by Sir Thomas Wren between 1675 and 1708.
The service re-told the experiences of the soldiers that fought in the battle through the use of diary entries and letters that had been rescued from the battlefields. Direct descendants and modern day members of the regiments that fought in the battle took turns to tell the story, and gave the audience a glimpse into the events of the day, and their reactions afterwards. A sermon from the Bishop of London followed, which reminded us of the importance of working towards maintaining peace in the world, and our responsibilities in ensuring that we continue moving forward in our quest towards a more equal and enlightened society.
It was a very proud moment for all the students of Harris to be involved in such a historically significant moment in the history of this country. Our students were incredible, and this experience will stay with them for many years to come.
Mr S Greenwood