On Wednesday 11 November, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) staff and students commemorated Armistice Day. Supported Learning students planted poppies in the college garden, which will bloom in the Spring, while the college community contributed to a board in the college’s atrium, adding tributes to remember a loved one.
While the country could not attend physical events this year for Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day, people stood on their doorsteps and paused for the two minute silence on Sunday 8 November.
At RuTC, staff and students held 2 minutes of silence in the atrium of the new college building and Supported Learning students added a new addition to their garden by planting poppies which will bloom in Spring 2021. The red flowers grew on the battlefields of World War One and are a humble and poignant symbol of both Remembrance and hope for a peaceful future. In cooking classes, students took the poppy theme as inspiration to bake lemon poppy seed cake and focaccia, topped with poppies made out of vegetables. Students and staff also contributed to a tribute display board thanking fallen heroes, remembering relatives and thinking of family members they never got to meet.
The Royal British Legion website states that “Remembrance is an ideal time to bring people of all ages and backgrounds together to reflect upon the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces, and to join together in the hope for a brighter, peaceful future.”