Hundreds of students and staff joined together in an act of remembrance at 11am, today, on Armistice Day. The Service took place around the College’s own cenotaph erected to honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.
Jim Grant, Interim Principal at Cirencester College, reminded students that many of those who died were of a very similar age to the hundreds of 16-19 year olds standing in front of him. He then introduced Father Isidore Obi who led the congregation in prayer. Language students Adam Michael, Brad Frankham and Olivia Togher read extracts from John McCrae’s moving poem ‘In Flanders Field’, which he wrote when he was an artillery officer in the First World War. The fact that the three verses were read in French, German and English added to the impact of the piece.
Public Services students in cadet uniforms, representing the services, laid a wreath before the playing of the Last Post, the two-minute silence, which was observed with the utmost respect and dignity, and Reveille. The service closed with everyone singing the hymn “Jerusalem” and the National Anthem.
Jim Grant said, “Remembrance allows staff and students a time to reflect. This is the third year the College has come together to remember those who have given their lives in conflicts past and present. It is also a time for all of us to reflect on the pain that conflict brings to the lives of ordinary people all around the world.“
Some of the Public Service students shared what Remembrance means to them:
Zac Maidment, “It is a good time for us to reflect on the action of others and the consequences if we do not remember them.”
Corey Lupton Weeks, “It is important to honour the fallen from all nations.”
Stephen Hoy, ‘It gives us time to be grateful for all that we have because of the sacrifices that other made for us.’
Brad Frankham who read from the poem ‘In Flanders Field’ said ,”The Father Isidore summed up today’s services in saying, ‘they gave their today for our tomorrow’, that means so much.”
Standard-bearer from the Royal British Legion Brian Ayres said, “It was a pleasure to be part of today’s service and to see so many students have staff taking time out to remember.”
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