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We Will Remember Them

Posted at 10:04 am on 17th November, 2022

Remembrance Parade 2022

Every year Wellacre joins the national Remembrance Day commemorations to reflect and recognise all those who have died in the service of Britain during times of war. 

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As well as joining the nation in a two minute silence, we held a reflective whole school assembly and a Remembrance ceremony in school led by Wellacre’s CCF Cadet unit. Our cadets also proudly marched alongside other contingents in the Urmston Remembrance Parade. 

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On Friday 11th November, Wellacre’s whole school Remembrance ceremony saw CCF cadets and students in scouting uniform invited to gather by the flagpole with all other students and staff in class watching via zoom. We were also delighted to welcome residents from the De Brook Lodge care home, who made the trip across the road to join Wellacre’s commemorations.

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To mark the occasion of Armistice Day, the CCF unit performed a short parade at the flagpole and were brought to attention by SSI Ward.  As has become custom, Mr Jackson, Wellacre alumni, played the Last Post before Lt Baker took the salute and the whole school observed the two minute silence. The Reveille was sounded and Lt Baker laid the Wellacre wreath at the flagpole.

Lt Baker remarked:

“Wellacre students always show great respect for Remembrance and make us very proud.  The cadets and scouts looked extremely smart and professional, and marked the occasion admirably.”

Leading Hand Jack, Year 10, said:

“We all now understand the sacrifice  that people have made.”

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On Sunday 13th November, members of Wellacre’s CCF unit also represented the school at the Urmston Remembrance Parade at Davyhulme Circle. For the first time, SSI Ward was invited by Trafford Council to act as the Parade Marshall alongside another volunteer from the Army Cadet Force to lead the community ceremony.

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Wellacre Royal Navy contingent joined other contingents from the Boys Brigade, Armed Forces Veterans, Royal British Legion, Civil Service Representatives and ACF, ATC Cadets , Guides and Scouts, Primary schools from Flixton and Sports Clubs from across Flixton and Urmston.

The parade was marched from Eden Square to the Cenotaph at Davyhulme Circle and a service commenced. Lt Baker laid a wreath along with other representatives. SSI Ward led the whole parade, ensuring everyone was brought up to attention at the following parts of the service: the act of Remembrance, the Kohima Epitaph and the national anthem. 

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SSI Ward said:

“The CCF understands the importance of Remembrance and by taking part in the Parades, they are grateful for the opportunity to remember those men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in war.”  

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Cadet Zac added:

“I have waited a whole year to join the CCF for this reason; so I could pay my respects.”

Principal Mrs Sharrock said:

“We are all very proud of the respectful attitudes of all students around Remembrance.  Thank you to the CCF contingent and staff for their hard work and to SSI Ward for leading the whole community in Sunday’s Remembrance Parade.”

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