Marking Remembrance Day

Posted by rmt22 at Oct 30, 2019 09:35 AM |
As we approach Remembrance Sunday, here’s an update on University plans to commemorate the fallen.

As a University founded as a living memorial to those who lost their lives in the First World War, our links with those who gave their lives for a better world are at the heart of what we stand for as an institution.

Remembrance Day

We will have a University presence at the city’s Remembrance Sunday parade at the war memorial in Victoria Park from 10.30am on Sunday 10 November. University representatives will be laying a wreath at the memorial and we encourage any students and staff who can be there to join the ceremony.

On Remembrance Day itself, Monday 11 November, we will be holding a minute’s silence on campus at 11am. We would like to invite as many of you as possible to join us outside the main entrance of the Fielding Johnson Building for the silence and wreath laying.

Supporting the Poppy appeal

We are also lighting up the Attenborough Tower in red between 25 October and 11 November in support of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. You will be able to buy poppies from most main building receptions including the Percy Gee building, Maurice Shock, Fielding Johnson reception and all our catering outlets.

Poppy pilgrimage

This year we continue the Poppy Pilgrimage that we began last November. As part of our Centenary celebrations, we have pledged to lay a wreath at every memorial in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland between 2018 and 2021.

The pilgrimage was launched on Sunday 11 November 2018 by Sir David Attenborough OM and Michael Attenborough CBE to pay tribute to the sacrifices made by the local people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It also acts as a fitting tribute to the unique beginning of our University. If you would like to be involved in the Poppy Pilgrimage this year and lay a wreath on behalf of the University please contact the Events Team.

Looking at war memorials: Archives and Special Collections Exhibition

The current exhibition in the Library Basement is curated by Elizabeth Blood, a PhD student in the School of History, Politics and International Relations. The exhibition draws on Elizabeth's research into death, commemoration, heritage and local First World War memorials and features objects, photographs, and documents from her own collection and our Archives and Special Collections. Find out more here.

The University of Leicester is a supporter of the Armed Forces Covenant.

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