Marking Remembrance Day

Posted by rmt22 at Nov 12, 2019 12:28 PM |
The University of Leicester was proud to be part of the city's Remembrance events.

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 had a University presence at the city’s Remembrance Sunday parade at the war memorial in Victoria Park on Sunday 10 November. University representatives laid a wreath at the memorial and joined hundreds of military and civic dignitaries in paying their respects to the fallen.

On Remembrance Day itself, Monday 11 November, we held a minute’s silence on campus at 11am. President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Nishan Canagarajah laid a wreath in front of the Fielding Johnson Building, saying: "We should all be incredibly proud to be part of a university that is a living legacy to those who made sacrifices during the war."

Nishan laying wreathThe University of Leicester was proud to be part of the city's Remembrance events.

Supporting the Poppy appeal

We also lit up the Attenborough Tower in red between 25 October and 11 November in support of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

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.

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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