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A Remembrance Day to remember at Thomas Deacon Academy

Hundreds of students and staff at Thomas Deacon Academy took part in Remembrance Day from their classrooms this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 
Remembrance Day 2020
Thomas Deacon Academy marked Remembrance Day. Photo: Supplied

The service, which was live streamed via YouTube, was broadcast to staff and students in their classrooms at 10:45am

The academy’s Cadets, led by Lt Col. Thompson, were at the heart of the service and marched into the school carrying the wreath. 

At 11am, staff and students stood to observe a two-minute silence, in memory of the fallen.

During the ceremony, the academy’s Principal Boy and Girl read the names of the fallen and lay wreaths in their honour. Rick Carroll, Principal at Thomas Deacon Academy, also gave a reading. 

He said: “We hold The Festival of Remembrance every year because it is hugely important to us and our community that we pay our respects to those who gave their lives to this country. 

“Unfortunately due to the pandemic, this year we have had to hold our event virtually but I am honoured that we have still been able to acknowledge the courage and bravery of those who served in war. 

“As always, our students play a significant part in the service and I have been amazed at their level of involvement and respect for this important event, despite the unprecedented challenges. 

“I would like to thank all those in our community who have supported us and made it possible to continue hosting such an important event.”

Last year, Thomas Deacon Academy hosted a Festival of Remembrance attended by all members of the academy’s community, including the Combined Cadet Force, students, staff, Academy Committee members, Thomas Deacon Foundation members, old Deaconians and military dignitaries.  

All students and staff created poppies with messages of remembrance on them. They were used to create a ‘waterfall of poppies’ in the school’s atrium for the ceremony, similar to the Tower of London display.