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Wellington College Hosts 2nd Annual Remembrance Assembly

December, 2012
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wellington-rememberance-assemblyOn Friday 23rd November, all Wellingtonpupils from Year 3 upwards gathered for Wellington College International Tianjin’s second annual Wellington Remembrance Assembly.

Wellington College UK’s very foundation is closely tied to those who gave their lives in the service of their country as Wellington was initially set up over 150 years ago to educate the sons of soldiers killed in action. Over 1200 former Wellington pupils or old Wellingtonians lost their lives in the two world wars. This was poignantly illustrated by showing the lists naming the fallen from the Blucher, Orange, Stanley and Wellesley together with photos of some of those men. A video made recently by Wellington UK was shared during the assembly, in which 707 current Wellington UK pupils – the same number as the OWs killed in WW1 – lay down on the ground in Front Quad to help illustrate the scale of the sacrifice, as well as the youth of many of those killed.

There were excellent pupil contributions with poetry readings, including My Boy Jack and In Flanders Fields and explanations of why poppies have become so associated with remembrance. Extracts from the novels War Horse and Birdsong written by an OW, sebastian Faulks were also read in the assembly too.

After the traditional two-minute silence, the assembly was ended with the trumpet solo The Last Post.

 

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