Students Take Part in Armistice Day Ceremony

Thu, 24/08/2000 - 01:00

A group of first and second year students on the Level 3 Uniformed Public Services course, at East Durham College, attended an Armistice Day ceremony outside of St. John’s Church in Seaham.

The group of 35 students had all attended a talk by the Royal British Legion explaining their role and the work they do prior to attending the ceremony. The students then joined a group of veterans and school children for the 2 minutes silence at 11.00hrs.

This was followed by a short dedication at the seafront war memorial where College Lecturer Gill Draper laid a wreath on behalf of the all staff and students of the College.

Gill Draper, Head of Uniformed Public Services, said “I believe it is very important that young people of today understand the importance of yearly remembrance, particularly when some of our students are looking at future careers in the military.

“Military conflict is something that most of my students can relate to as they have had the chance to talk to our troops who recently returned from Afghanistan, but remembering the sacrifice of our military from the two World Wars is also very important.”

Student, Kate Dinsdale, aged 20 from Seaham, added: “It was very sad, but nice to be able to remember what all those people did for us in the past”.