In place of their usual service which cannot take place due to the lockdown restrictions, the University Chaplaincy – alongside representatives of Loughborough Students’ Union, Loughborough College, the town and University squadrons – came together before lockdown on Wednesday 4 November in the Garden of Remembrance to remember the staff and students named on the plaques in the garden, and those who have died in the line of duty.
For those who would like to watch this service and take a moment of silence together, the video will be posted on the University’s Facebook channel tomorrow before 11am.
The service was led by the University Chaplain, Deacon Jan Sutton, who was joined by Chaplains Revd Andy Thomson and Natalie Steel. The Vice-Chancellor also welcomed all of the guests to the service.
Deacon Jan Sutton commented: “During these unprecedented times, we are unable to meet together in the Garden of Remembrance this year. I encourage you all to take a break from the busyness of the day tomorrow and virtually join the Service of Remembrance at 11am, to remember together those who have served their country, those who are named and remembered with a plaque in the garden, and everyone who has suffered or died during this pandemic. The University Chapel will be open tomorrow to those who wish to light a candle or find a quiet place.”
As part of the service, a passage was read from For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon, and the poem In Flanders Fields by John McCrae was also recited.
Anyone who is unable to watch the service online tomorrow can view the video below.