Remembrance Sunday

Remembering those who fought for Britain

A Remembrance Service will take place at Guildhall Square on Sunday the 11th of November from 10am, all students are encouraged to attend.

Each year in Britain we take time to remember those who fought for us in the war, below are just a few of the ways we do so, as well as some of the events around the city you can get involved with.

Armistice Day

Each year a two-minute silence is held on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. The 11th of November is Armistice day, marking the end of the First World War. We use this time to remember those who fought in the war and gave their lives for our freedom.

If you are out and about that weekend, please remember that public and private services may ask customers to partake in a period of silence, please respect this by keeping quiet or leaving if you do not want to take part.

Remembrance Sunday

A National Service of Remembrance will be held on Sunday the 11th of November and broadcast on the BBC 1. 

Most towns and cities will also organise a remembrance service which involves veterans and young servicemen and women. Join the Portsmouth community in paying your respects at Guildhall Square on Sunday the 11th of November from 10am. If you would like to attend as part of a group from the University, please meet outside the Nuffield Centre to join the group in short prayers before heading to the main ceremony. 

This year our Sabbatical Officer team will be laying a wreath at the Portsmouth Remembrance Service with Vice Chancellor, Graham Galbraith.

President of the Students’ Union, Violet Karapaseva, said: “My Sabbatical team and I feel extremely proud to have been given the opportunity to lay a wreath at the Rememberance Service together with the University of Portsmouth.
“It’s important to remember those who fought for the freedoms we now enjoy and the Remembrance Service is a fantastic opportunity for the community to come together in a time of reflection.”

The reason for the poppy

Poppies flowered in the battlefields of Belgium at the end of the First World War, the flower has since become a symbol of remembering the great loss of life in war. Below is a video from the Great British Legion explaining the story of the poppy further.

Other events

Chaplaincy are holding a showing of the film Joyeux Noël on Thursday the 8th of November at 2pm. The film is based on the Christmas truce of 1914, bringing to life the events of World War One and providing an opportunity for us to reflect on the huge sacrifices soldiers made on behalf of the country. 

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