Lest We Forget - Remembrance 100
Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day or Poppy Day, is a day to commemorate those who gave their lives in combat in the two world wars.
Remembrance Day takes place on the 11th day of the 11th month every year, to mark the 11th hour of November 1918 when the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare during the First World War.
This year marks the 100th anniversary, and students and staff at the academy commemorated the event by making a special display outside the academy grounds using knitted poppies (made by staff and students), alongside observing a student led one minute silence service, and laying a poppy wreath at the academy’s memorial garden with our bespoke designed memorial plaque.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun in the morning,
We will remember them.
The Fallen, by Laurence Binyon.
Did you know?
- Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims and Christians from India served in the Great Wars. Thirty of those won the Victoria Cross for their bravery during World War II.
- 1.3 million Indian soldiers fought in World War I.
- In World War II 2.5 million Indian soldiers took part, including 600,000 Muslims.
- The West Midlands marked the event this year by unveiling a 10ft high ‘Lions of the Great War’ statue in Smethwick, in honour of the millions of men from the British Indian Army who served in the two world wars (see image in the gallery below).
Have a look at our gallery below for images from the Ark Boulton service and historical pictures (source: The BBC) from the war.