This past Sunday, the Headmaster of St Andrew’s College, SAC Head Boy, Malibongwe Mkosi, the Prep Head Boy, Matthew Ladds and Prep Headmaster Brendan Brady represented the Andrean community of Prep and College at the annual Remembrance Day Parade.
Standing quietly in the sun outside Grahamstown’s Cathedral, surrounded on all sides by beautiful buildings gave us time to pause and reflect on our own lives and to give thanks for all that we have endured in South Africa, not only this year, but over the years.
Remembrance Day is not a day on which we gather to glorify war, but rather to reflect on the Andreans, and in our case specifically the Old Preppies, who gave their lives so that others may live in peace. As the lines from For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon remind us:
“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.”
Prep’s Memory Hall lists 96 names on Prep’s memorial board remembering the fallen. That’s a staggering number for a little school. We must remember them and the lessons from history. For humanity, it seems, are slow learners, or we forget quickly because we so often repeat the mistakes of the past. In so doing many are denied a future, denied the flourishing of the unique giftedness that has been bestowed on each one of us.