The day in Lincoln
THE Union Jack at the Stonebow this morning reminded citizens that this was Empire Day, a date set apart for special recognition not only of the glories of the Empire on which the sun never sets, but of its beneficent influence in the advancement of civilisation, and all that makes for the good of humanity.
Lord Meath, who was the real initiator of Empire Day,desired that it should be an occasion to drive home to our inner consciousness the responsibilities which the spread of the Empire has brought with it, and to inculcate the duties of self-sacrifice in extending sympathy towards all the peoples of the earth.
We are pleased to know that this year these lessons were emphasised in the schools of the city.
A circular letter was sent round by the Director of Education (Mr R. C. Minton) early last month requesting that Empire Day should be specially observed in the schools.
The Education Committee, it was pointed out, desired to call the special attention of teachers to the occasion, and desired them to take "what steps they may think best suited in their own schools to impress on the minds of the young the honourable obligations which rest upon them of preparing themselves, each in his or her own sphere, for the fulfilment of the duties and responsibilities attached to the high privilege of the citizenship of the Empire."
The head teachers responded loyally to the request, and the short time devoted to this imperial service was by no means wasted, and will bear fruit in the future.
The hope of the Empire is with the rising generation, and impressions made at school are generally lasting.
Echo, May 24,1921Click