Armistice Day Service

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Armistice Day Service

06 October 2014

Uniformed Public Services (UPS) students and staff from Bracknell & Wokingham College marched through Bracknell for Armistice Day in tribute to all those who have died in conflict since the First World War. A total of 84 students paraded from the college to the Cenotaph on Stanley Walk. The Royal British Legion and those present observed a two minute silence. Despite the rain, there were many shoppers and passersby who stood to watch the service.

 

Jamie Maunder, Chairman of the Royal British Legion said:

“It was very impressive to see the students take part and we were thankful for the numbers that have turned up. I was really appreciative, especially considering the weather.”

Nigel Pumffrey, Uniformed Public Services Senior Lecturer at Bracknell & Wokingham College said:

“It’s very important any year for our UPS students to take part, but this year in particular, we have a student who has spent five years in the army and in Afghanistan and who has lost comrades. Out of respect for all of the fallen and particularly for him, that is one of the reasons why it is especially important this year.”

Campbell Christie CBE, Principal of Bracknell & Wokingham College and former Commodore and Assistant Chief of Staff in the Navy, laid a poppy wreath at the war memorial on behalf of the college. He said:

“I think our young people not only have a need to experience this but I have sensed a real desire from them to pay their respects. I was really impressed with the way the college played its part and it was fantastic to see so smart a body being led so well by Gordon Rodger, Uniformed Public Services Lecturer at Bracknell & Wokingham College.”

 

Student, Ryan Gennery took part in the march to Stanley Walk:

“It’s definitely good for us to do it because a lot of us are thinking about joining the uniformed public services, such as the army, so it’s good for us to just remember them, understand what might happen and what it is we’re representing.”

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