At 11am last Monday the air fell silent as students and staff remembered the fallen at a specially designed installation.
As part of the nations’ call to unite in commemorative Remembrance, Cornwall College Camborne Military Academy students designed and installed a fitting and informative memorial.
Using an area close to the college’s student union facility, the installation proved extremely popular as visitors witnessed an inspection parade, readings by several students, laying of the wreath, the last post and a two minute silence.
Former student Peter Trimans, who assists current students on the course, said they wanted to create something on campus “using existing kit and other interesting borrowed items”.
“On display we had a range of protective clothing including Osprey body armour that soldiers wear, one item was worn by a soldier in Afghanistan who we believe died in the conflict and this really helps bring the importance of the day into focus,” he continued.
“And we also have on display a wide selection of medals issued to both our training staff and their relatives some dating back from the Second World War.”
The memorial also included the use of two transparent Tommy’s from the ‘There, but not there’ campaign, a display cabinet and also a ‘Wall of Fame’, where students and staff attached cut-out poppies with the name of a loved one on them as an act of remembrance.
Neil Atkinson, Team Lead, Military Academy said the students had done “an amazing job” in designing the memorial.
“It was a sign of respect and reflection for all students and staff within The Cornwall College Group,” he explained.
“They have manned the area throughout their college and free time showing huge commitment and dedication to the poppy appeal, for which they have raised significant funds.
“The parade on Monday was extremely professional, well attended and demonstrated the interest lots of young people in Cornwall have for traditional acts like this. Our Military Academy in Camborne is the only full-time armed forces preparation course in the area and we were all highly honoured to be involved in this event”.