It was a serious and thoughtful morning here at Cranleigh, as the whole school took part in our Commemoration Day ceremony. The UAE flag was lowered at 8am by Year 10 student, Sultan. Shortly before 11.30am, all pupils and staff gathered to recognise and remember the sacrifices of Emirati nationals who have given their lives while serving their country.
Mr Wilson reminded everyone that this day commemorates the death in 1971 of the UAE’s first martyr, Salem Suhail bin Khamis Al Dahmani. He urged us all to reflect on the fact that every person who has lost their life, has left behind a family in mourning; that they made the ultimate sacrifice so we can all live in peace.
Alia from Year 10 then delivered a moving reading of the poem ‘Yom e Shaheed’ written by His Highness Shiekh Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai.
Alia’s reading was followed by the raising of the flag by Sultan, and a minute’s silence. The playing of the National Anthem ended the proceedings.