Armistice Day ceremony at University
Posted on Wednesday 12th November 2014
A moving ceremony to mark this year’s Armistice Day yesterday (11 November 2014), was led by the Revd Phil Edwards, Co-ordinating Chaplain at the University of Bolton.
Revd Edwards was joined by colleagues from the Muslim, Hindu and Jewish faiths to remember those that lost their lives in the Great War and conflicts since.
It is a century since the First World War began in 1914.
Muslim Pastoral Assistant, Dr Talha Hafezi, spoke on the symbolism of the poppy whilst Dr Gill Smart, Research Fellow in IMRI, introduced the event and read Wilfred Owen’s synonymous war poem ‘Dulce et Decorum est’. The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor George E Holmes, was represented by Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof Rob Campbell as Prof Holmes was attending the memorial service at Bolton town hall.
‘This event was for everyone to come together regardless of their faith and to honour those who gave their lives for their country. Some gave their lives freely; others did not. Yet we honour all of them today,’ said Revd Edwards.
‘We need to have a greater understanding of other cultures and religions. Those cultures and religions are not in another country – they are around us in our colleagues, friends and neighbours.
‘When we make the effort to learn about other cultures and religions, then the suspicion of others and the arrogance of superiority in our own ideas will decrease.
‘Such actions on behalf of everyone will bring about not only greater understanding but, in the long term, peace. And those who died in past years will not have died in vain.’
Following the two minute silence at 11am, students from the performing arts department gave their own memorial to those that fought in conflict through a variety of song, poem and speeches.