The Act of Remembrance
Today, we held our annual Armistice Day Service and our whole school community at Palace Street joined together in silence at 11am. This is always a poignant moment in our school calendar as we remember those who fought for our freedom, including past students of our school, as well as those still affected by war today.
Our Remembrance Day Service provided an austere occasion for all students and staff to unite and remember those who fought for our freedom. The service included readings by our Head Girl and Head Boy, plus a rendition of The Last Post by one of our student in the Music department. Prayers were led by our School Chaplain while members of our School's Army Cadet Force laid a wreath.
At 11am, heads bowed and silence fell as all members of our School community observed the two-minute silence which, since 1919, has been held across the UK each year.
Westminster City School is one that is filled with historical significance. Opened in 2018, our Pouchot building is named after Jack Pouchot, a Westminster City School alumnus who was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his bravery during the First World War and killed just a month before the 1918 armistice.
Since the end of the First World War, Remembrance Day has taken place to honour armed forces members who died in the line of duty. In most countries around the globe, Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the conclusion of the First World War hostilities.