Bagpipes were heard in the North End on Sunday morning for Remembrance Day, a British tradition recognized at the Old North Church in cooperation with the British Consulate General and the British Officer’s Club of New England. Many in attendance wore traditional red poppy lapel pins. At a prayer service, there was a reading of In Flanders Field written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.
A wreath-laying ceremony was held at the Iraq-Afghanistan Memorial in the Old North Memorial Garden. Major Michael Court was presented with an Operational Service Medal for his service in Iraq and Syria by Harriet Cross, British Consul General.
The Old North Memorial holds the dog tags representing each American serviceperson who lost their life in the wars. A second plaque in the shape of a bronze poppy wreath, honors service persons from the British Commonwealth that have died.
Remembrance Day is the British name for Veteran’s Day. It commemorates the signing of the armistice to end the First World War at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. The British community in Boston has celebrated Remembrance Day at the Old North Church for nigh forty years.