Wreath and bugle for the founder

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By DARPAN ROYCHOWDHURY
  • Published 14.09.12
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A student at the La Martiniere for Boys’ Founder’s Day service. (Arnab Mondal)

This is my last year at La Martiniere for Boys (LMB) and I was thrilled to get the good conduct medal on our Founder’s Day.

This day is special to all Martinians. Unlike other occasions, we don’t compete with each other on Founder’s Day but pay tribute to our founder, Claude Martin, a major general in the service of East India Company. He died in Lucknow on September 13, 1800.

This year, we observed our Founder’s Day on September 12. John Mason, an alumnus and ex-teacher, was the chief guest at the senior school service. We had heard references to him throughout our school life, so we were looking forward to hearing him speak. Even Vijay Mallya, our guest last year, had mentioned Mason as his favourite teacher.

It was Mason who handed me my medal. He even recalled meeting me at an inter-school debate. “I remember meeting you at a debate, it seems you are doing really great,” he told me. It was a humbling experience.

Our founder had stated in his will that the service should start at noon. It began with a procession of flag-bearers, teachers, principal,vice-principal, board members and the chief guest. A wreath was laid in front of Martin’s bust and the bugle played as a mark of respect. I walked down the isle of Atmodaya Bhavan carrying the flag of Martin House. It was a moment of pride for me.

(The writer is a student of Class XII at LMB)