Our annual Remembrance Service welcomed the Mayor of Southend and representatives of the Old Southendian Association and the Governing Body. This year, we considered that our nation's commitment to remembering those who have sacrificed and fallen in conflict has been sustained for one hundred years. After such a time, it is a tragedy that some still pay the ultimate price in civic service: defending the freedom and values for which so many died so long ago. Today we called to mind, in particular, Sir David Amess, who has attended remembrance services in our school, as a representative of the Houses of Parliament and our local community, every year for more than 25 years. A chair was left empty in his honour and to mark his absence, his contribution and to acknowledge our collective loss. The spirit of remembrance endures. As we reflect and remember today, together we ensure that there is this enduring legacy in how we live our lives.
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