University Poppy Pilgrimage to Lay Wreath at North Memorial Homes


On Tuesday 2nd November at 9am North Memorial Homes will welcome representatives of the Poppy Pilgrimage from the University of Leicester. You are cordially invited to attend a wreath laying Ceremony by the Flagpole outside the Hall.

The end of the First World War marked the start of our story... the beginnings of a university in Leicester as a living memorial to honour those who made sacrifices during the Great War.

On Remembrance Sunday in 2018, the University of Leicester embarked on a mission to honour those who lost their lives and made sacrifices during the War, with a commitment to lay 100 wreaths across memorial sites in Leicestershire and Rutland. In 2018, eleven current students laid wreaths in the local area, following a dedication service at the University with speeches by Sir David Attenborough and Sir Peter Soulsby. In 2019, a further 15 sites were covered as part of the project.

This year the Poppy Pilgrimage will cover as many sites as possible including North Memorial Homes.
The University representatives will comprise of students, staff and or alumni. They will arrive on site, meet a nominated site representative, either a trustee or resident, lay the wreath and take a few photographs. The visit will take approximately 20 - 30 minutes, at most.
This is the first time an event such as this has taken place at North Memorial Homes and it is hoped that all residents and trustees, if physically able, will attend.