Remembering the fallenOver recent weeks, we have been taking part in activity to commemorate those that have died in service, during the approach to Armistice Day.
At our most recent home fixture against Brighton & Hove, we held our Remembrance Service ahead of the game – that included a service by the Remembrance Wall near Gate 1, the Reading Scottish Pipe Band performing ahead of the match, and a minute’s silence before kick-off.
Then our Co-Chairman Sir John Madejski and young players Jake Sheppard, Tennai Watson and Niall Keown were present at the Never Such Innocence poetry launch in Reading – a charity dedicated to educating young people about the impact and legacy of the First World War, through poetry, art and theatre. Club historian David Downs attended and spoke about the football club’s historical links with the First World War. David talked about the men that both played for the club and fought on behalf of their country.
At last weekend’s fixture against Cardiff City, our players wore a poppy on their match shirts as well as observing the Bluebirds’ commemorative activity at the Cardiff City Stadium. These shirts will be signed and auctioned in due course, with funds raised being donated to Poppy Appeal.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.