Join us on Sunday 11 November as we remember our beginnings

Posted by rmt22 at Oct 31, 2018 03:00 PM |
We welcome Sir David and Michael Attenborough to officially open Centenary Square and mark 100 years since the beginning of our University story.

On Sunday 11 November 2018 (Armistice Day), we mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. This date also marks the beginning of the story to create a university in Leicester as a living memorial to honour those who made sacrifices during the Great War. Our motto – Ut vitam habeant, so that they may have life – stands as a permanent reminder of that story and our unique legacy.

To mark this event, we will be holding an official naming ceremony to dedicate Centenary Square in commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of Armistice Day and with a name that recognises the significance of this date in our history. Students, staff and members of the public are invited to attend the ceremony which will begin at 12noon on the Square.

Sir David Attenborough and Michael Attenborough CBE will officially open the square and also launch our poppy wreath pilgrimage a three-year project to lay poppy wreaths at war memorials across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, ending in November 2021 – the year of our own centenary.

Sir David Attenborough has always had a special connection with the University. At the age of five, he moved onto the campus of what was then University College Leicester when his father Frederick Attenborough was appointed Principal. David grew up on the campus, with his brothers Richard and John.

As we remember those who made sacrifices and reflect upon the story of our beginnings, we have made a short film to tell our story through the words of Dr Astley Clarke, our first benefactor.

We look forward to seeing you on the 11 November.

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