Lest we forget – poignant poppy drop at Gloucestershire College
As the clock struck 11.00am on Remembrance Day this week, Gloucestershire College’s Gloucester Campus provided the setting for a touching tribute to our fallen heroes, in the form of a poignant poppy drop and poem reading.
Hundreds of students, staff and visitors gathered on all three floors of the atrium, which was aptly adorned with poppies and wreaths, to see a flurry of poppy leaves drop from above, symbolising remembrance and hope.
The College wanted to show its respect and gratitude to our armed forces and their families, and remember those loved ones who are no longer with us. Many of our staff and students will know someone, or have a family member who has served or is serving, in the armed forces.
Uniformed Public Service students including 17-year-old Katie Hooper, from Stroud, and 19-year-old Jake Attrill from Longhope, Rebecca Wild from Gloucester, and Cerrie-Ann White from Cheltenham, delivered moving readings of ‘Remember Me (The Voice of the Dead)’ and ‘We Remember Them’.
As well leading a drill on the ground floor of the atrium, the Uniformed Public Service students have been raising funds for the Poppy Appeal by selling poppies during the College Open Evenings too. While staff and students across all campuses in Cheltenham, the Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucester and Tewkesbury observed a two-minute silence at 11am, to pay their respects to members of the armed forces, who were killed or injured in conflicts around the world.
Personal Tutor Shahina Bhaiyat said: “Each year we take time out to remember those who sacrificed their lives to fight for our country and gave us the freedom we currently have. We also have past students who are currently serving in the armed forces. It is therefore important to remember the role our service men and women play.
This year, to mark the centenary of the start of World War One, we wanted to do something to honour the day and it was nothing short of a beautiful tribute.”