Reflections of remembrance

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Members of the public gather on Roseisle Beach for filmmaker Danny Boyle’s Pages of the Sea, commissioned by 14-18 NOW to mark the centenary of Armistice Day. Produced across Scotland by the National Theatre of Scotland. Locals paid their respects with 100 stones to mark the passing of 100 years with personal messages. Photo: Paul Campbell

In a departure from insideMORAY’s usual approach, today’s story is a largely pictorial opportunity to reflect on yesterday’s Remembrance Day.

One hundred year on from the signing of the Armistice that brought World War 1 to an end, people across the globe gathered to remember. These are the images from some of the ways in which we did so in Moray.

We leave you with the words of Carol Ann Duffy’s poem The Wound in Time,  written to mark the centenary of Armistice Day, and the hope that history may prove to be more than water:


The Wound in Time

It is the wound in Time. The century’s tides,

chanting their bitter psalms, cannot heal it.

Not the war to end all wars; death’s birthing place;

the earth nursing its ticking metal eggs, hatching

new carnage. But how could you know, brave

as belief as you boarded the boats, singing?

The end of God in the poisonous, shrapneled air.

Poetry gargling its own blood. We sense it was love

you gave your world for; the town squares silent,

awaiting their cenotaphs. What happened next?

War. And after that? War. And now? War. War.

History might as well be water, chastising this shore;

for we learn nothing from your endless sacrifice.

Your faces drowning in the pages of the sea.

Carol Ann Duffy, 2018

Members of the public on Roseisle Beach, where volunteers created the face in the sand of scottish war poet, Captain Charles Hamilton Sorley. Image: Paul Campbell
Roseisle Beach. Image: Paul Campbell
Members of the public gather on Roseisle Beach to pay their respects with personal messages and stories. Image: Paul Campbell