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Eastleigh College holds 2023 Remembrance Service

Eastleigh College have held a Remembrance Service to commemorate the sacrifices of military personnel.

Our 2023 ceremony brought together students and staff from across the college for a special service led by representatives from the Royal British Legion (RBL). The ceremony consisted of remarks from the Padre and Chairperson for RBL Eastleigh and Chandlers Ford, alongside poems, prayers and a recital of the National Anthem.

Reverend Iain McFarlane, RBL Branch Padre, led the service at Eastleigh College and commented: “I am very honoured to have been invited to lead this commemoration, which doesn’t just recognise those have fallen in the past but also those who continue to serve today. It has been wonderful to see such a good turnout amongst students, and the respect that the younger generation have for these sacrifices.”

Tom is a Uniformed Public Services student at Eastleigh College who attended the Remembrance Day service. He commented: “My grandparents served in the forces and I plan to join the army myself when I’ve completed college so Remembrance holds a special significance for me. It was nice to see students from across college in attendance and not just those of us from Uniformed Public Services.”

This ceremony follows on from a visit by the British Army earlier this week, who delivered an interactive Roadshow event for students. This event consisted of a range of student activities designed to challenge, enhance confidence and build teamwork. The event was arranged by Headquarters South East in Aldershot and was delivered by a team of serving personnel from the British Army’s high readiness Brigade, who also gave a presentation about career pathways within the Army.

Ian Adams, Public Services Lecturer at Eastleigh College, commented: “All the students had a great time meeting Army personnel. The new confidence and mental and physical resilience skills they gained from the day will undoubtedly benefit them in the future.”

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