'Cambridge University’s Student Union (CUSU) has voted down a motion to promote Remembrance Sunday amid fears about the “glorification” of conflict.
The motion called on the university, its Colleges and faculties to be “more proactive in promoting the cause of Remembrance".
This could include asking for a minute's silence on Remembrance Sunday or sending email reminders to students about the availability of poppies, the motion said.
It encouraged the commemoration of British veterans, adding that CUSU should "ensure that Remembrance Day becomes a well-established and well-marked event across the university”.
But the motion, which was put forward by two members of the university’s Conservative Association, was rejected by students during their first meeting of the new academic year.
The move came after an amendment was voted through, which noted the efforts of various organisations to “reshape remembrance away from glorification and valorisation of war” and to campaign “against militarism”.
The amendment, proposed by student activist Stella Swain, struck out references to “British war veterans”, “Remembrance Day” and “Poppies”.
Instead, Ms Swain argued that “all lives lost and affected by war” should be commemorated and that students should be encouraged to engage in “productive criticism” of war.'
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