Student army cadets were on parade in a memorial service with over 600 students at Grace Academy Coventry to remember all those who have died in the service of their country since The Great War.
During the service, students released 200 poppies as an act of Remembrance after holding a two-minute silence for those who have given their lives, and Assistant Principal for Ethos and Student Life, Kim Catling, whose brother has done three tours of Afghanistan, said:
“Remembrance is very important for me. While it is exactly one hundred years since World War 1, we also remember service men and women who have fought in conflicts since then. Many have been affected physically and mentally, and others have sacrificed their lives so we can live in freedom every day.
“This service of remembrance is a vital part of our ethos as students experience what it is like to practice British Values, what we value as a country, and how we should remember our history.”
Student Trey Edmunds, Year 7, who laid the wreath at the foot of the cross, said:
“I feel special to have been given this important role, representing the Academy and remembering all those who died to protect our freedom and our country.”
Training officer for the Warwickshire Army Cadet Force, James Dutton, added:
“Most of my family have been involved in the army going back a number of years, and my grandfather lost an eye in the First World War. It’s a very moving time for me to consider the many thousands of soldiers killed in such dreadful circumstances and it has affected a large part of British life.”
Commenting on why it’s so important for students to take part in Remembrance, Padre Leggett from the Warwickshire Army Cadet Force said:
“It could have been any one of us. Freedom sometimes costs, and some people have been asked to pay the ultimate price. We commend them to the mercy of God.”