Poppies fall for Remembrance Day

Ruth Peterson | November 11, 2021

A shower of poppies fell as Bradford College held its Remembrance Day service today (11 November 2021).

During the ceremony to remember people who have died during military conflicts, Principal and Chief Executive Chris Webb read out Moina Michael’s 1918 poem We Shall Keep the Faith. Poppies were then scattered from the balconies of the David Hockney Building and Trinity Green Campus and staff and students fell silent for two minutes.

The ceremony was also live streamed to online audiences.  

Poppies created by students and staff

Poppies created by students

Students created paper poppies for today’s ceremony. They came in different colours to represent conflicts happening around the world. The poppies also reflected the devastating impact of the pandemic. Dawn Leak, Vice Principal, said: “Today is about remembering history but it’s also an opportunity for us to reflect on the last 18 months.”

Motor Vehicle instructor Jason Townend was in the David Hockney building to share his experiences of being in the Armed Forces with students. Prior to joining Bradford College he had served with the Army for 28 years.

Jason Townend with cap badges and medals

Stories of heroism

He displayed a collection of more than 2,500 cap badges as well as medals. He wore his own medals on his uniform, as well as those of his grandfather who served during the Second World War.

After the service, students gathered to speak to Jason about the collection and his experiences.

Library resources on Remembrance Day

Bradford College Library has also produced an online section on Remembrance Day. It includes details of the significance of different coloured poppies as well as photo and film archives of Bradford during the wars. There are also details of the African and Caribbean men and women who served in the Second World War.

Find out more at https://library.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/unitedvalues/rememberance

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