Students and Staff Honour War Heroes

Walsall College fell silent on Friday 11th November as hundreds of Public Services students led a special Remembrance Parade to commemorate the anniversary of Armistice Day and the end of the First World War.

Staff and students from across the college gathered in the atrium of Wisemore Campus to observe a two minute silence at 11am. The poignant ceremony helped pay tribute to all those who have given their lives in all wars, both past and present, and to reflect on their sacrifice.

A remembrance video was played before the ceremony and there were also readings around the two minutes silence as the college joined in with tributes being made at military bases, churches, schools and town halls across Britain to mark Remembrance Day.

Adam Comery, Curriculum Manager for Public Services at Walsall College and Serving Army Reservist, said: “Armistice Day is an opportunity for everybody to take a few minutes out of their daily lives to remember those who have lost their lives at war.

“It is vital that this is continued year after year to honour the memory of our war heroes and ensure their bravery is never forgotten.

“The team were very proud of the students and the way they paraded. For many of them this was the first time that they have formally demonstrated their respect and appreciation for Services Personnel who have lost their lives and it was a very moving ceremony.

“It is an important part of the ethos of all of the Public Services courses that the students recognise the commitment that they are undertaking with this type of career and there is no better way to highlight this than through a Remembrance Parade.

“Many of our Public Services students didn’t actually have lessons today but decided to come in specifically for the parade.”

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