Remembrance Sunday, Cambridge, 11 November 2018
The 11th November is always a solemn day, but this year, on the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, Remembrance Day took on a special meaning. The nations of the United Kingdom prepared to remember the sacrifice and suffering of men and women from these islands, along with their allies from the countries of the Empire, who endured, even unto death, the horrors of war. On the 11th November, at 11 o’clock, we gather together to remember them with humility and pride.
These are the proper sentiments of the overwhelming majority of ordinary people, but it was not a surprise that, in the run up to the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, a few, privileged, vocal, left-wing students sought to deny the sacrifice of yesterday’s young men.
In October, students at Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU) voted down an attempt to promote Remembrance at the University. Worse, a leftist amendment, proposed by student activist Stella Swain, struck out references to “British war veterans”, “Remembrance Day” and “Poppies”, insisting instead on ideological globalism. Generation Identity UK refused to stand by and allow these ill-educated, privileged, globalists to snub the memory of our heroes.
Generation Identity activists travelled to Cambridge on Sunday morning, and made a moving, restrained, and respectful protest for the dead, on the steps of the CUSU building. Portraits of 22 Cambridge University men who gave their lives for their country in the Great War were placed on the steps of the building.
The 22 young men fought, endured, suffered and died for the country and people they loved, as did thousands of their college and university colleagues. The simple display was well received by members of the public, who recognised the courage and honour of Cambridge students that have gone before. They have not been forgotten, they will not be forgotten.