Ut Vitam Habeant - So that they may have life

This week, to commemorate Armistice Day, the University has been lighting up its Fielding Johnson Building red at night and will observe a two minute silence on Friday 11 November.

Remembrance Sunday, which this year falls on 13 November, is the day dedicated to remember those who sacrificed themselves to secure our freedoms; and have suffered or died in war.

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Staff and students observing two minute silence on Armistice Day
Here at Leicester, Armistice Day is a reminder of our origin as the only British University established as a living memorial to the Great War, and to the local men and women who had lost their lives. The public subscription for our foundation opened on Armistice Day in 1918.

This year we will once again be commemorating Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday by offering staff time for private reflection, and the opportunity to join our community memorial events for those who prefer.

On Friday 11 November, staff and students are invited to congregate at 11am to observe a two minute silence outside the main entrance to the Fielding Johnson Building – which was used as a military hospital during the First World War.

Throughout this week, the Fielding Johnson Building has been lit in red at night, as part of a county-wide programme in support of the poppy appeal, and supported by the Royal British Legion. Poppies are available for sale across campus.

On Sunday 13 November, Remembrance Sunday, the Lord Mayor’s Remembrance Sunday Parade will process to the Lutyen’s War Memorial in Victoria Park. The President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Boyle and members of the University congregation will attend, and will present a poppy wreath on behalf of our students and staff.

All members of the student and staff body who would like to join them on Sunday are invited to make their way to Victoria Park at 10.30am.