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A peaceful ceremony

25 May 2021

Cadets from Westminster City School have taken part in an historic event in central London to mark International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.

Last week, a group of our Year 10 cadets were amongst the first to lay a wreath at the newly named United Nations Green, outside the QE2 Conference Centre and Westminster Abbey. Just a few minutes from our Palace Street building, the site’s new name acknowledges the role this area of London played, after the Second World War, in the UN’s founding.

Our cadets - Ato A, Mark A, Sebastiano DP, Bishr A, Rois M, Brima J, Cyril A and Kyle J - were photographed and filmed at this ceremony, so will now feature in a special film that is shown at a prestigious United Nations conference at the end of May.

Mr Drew, who supports our Cadet Unit, said: "They may not have been on parade since early 2020 but our cadets were smartly turned out, although a few heads had outgrown their Year 9 berets!  For their particular hard work over the last year, Cyril and Ato were selected to lay the wreath itself. However, a crisis came when only one was needed to lay the wreath alongside a Grey Coats School pupil. Gallantly, Ato gave Cyril the responsibility, demonstrating the integrity that makes our cadets so special. Cyril, too, displayed integrity by organising and leading our cadets during the filming of the ceremony. This was at first an easy job but, after numerous takes and as gradually windier and wetter weather arrived, it tested the integrity and determination of all!

"Our cadets should all be very proud of themselves. The organisers of the ceremony, including a former Royal Marine, complimented our cadets and hoped that they would all be able to attend a commemoration again next year."

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers pays tribute to the uniformed and civilian personnel’s invaluable contribution to the work of UN and honours more than 4,000 peacekeepers who have lost their lives serving under the UN flag since 1948.

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