Students march for Remembrance Day 2014

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Students march for Remembrance Day 2014

05 January 2015

UPS students march for Remembrance

To mark the 100th year anniversary since Britain declared war on Germany in 1914, Uniformed Public Services (UPS) students from Bracknell & Wokingham College marched to the war memorial in the centre of Bracknell to pay their respects to the fallen.

Campbell Christie CBE, Principal of Bracknell & Wokingham College, placed a wreath at the foot of the memorial on behalf of all the students and staff of the college. The wreath was soon joined by other wreaths made by children from 19 different local schools.

The Royal British Legion, the UPS students and the crowd which had gathered to watch, observed a respectful two minutes silence as the ‘Last Post’ bugle call was played. A few words of remembrance were said by Jamie Maunder, Chairman of the Royal British Legion, before the ceremony was drawn to a close.

Jamie Maunder said: “It means an awful lot to have the students from the college take part, we were very impressed - and with all of the 19 schools that have made their wreaths and come along today to lay them. On behalf of the local branch of the British Legion, we are really thankful”.

Nigel Pumffrey, Uniformed Public Services Senior Lecturer at Bracknell & Wokingham College, stressed the significance of the UPS students’ participation in the parade: “For our UPS students, this is particularly important because of what they may wish to do as a career in the future. They’ll be thinking of this in terms of their own possible sacrifices and, like everyone else here today, the sacrifices that have taken place so far.”

The consequence of the sacrifices made in the past, and the importance of participation in the parade, was also felt amongst the UPS students themselves.

Ellie Payne, 17, from Wokingham, said: “I definitely felt the sense of importance from this day and it means a lot to take part. I wanted to show my appreciation to everyone who has served to let us be here today.”

Johnny Forrest, 17, from Crowthorne, said: “Showing our respect to service members, past and present, is quite a big thing and something which I wanted to be a part of. One of my uncle’s colleagues in the police service passed away recently, so on a personal level I wanted to show my support in Remembrance Day.”

If you are interested in our Uniformed Public Services course or any of our other vocational or A Level courses come to our Open Event on Saturday 15 November or call 01344 868600 to find out more.

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