Help honour those who bravely fought for our freedom as we come together to observe Remembrance Day in Leeds this year.
Every year on the Remembrance Day, people in Leeds and across the nation look back to those brave service men and women who served, ultimately putting their lives on the line so that future generations could live in peace. People all over the country will bow their heads for two minutes as they pay their respects to those who lost their lives in both world wars as well as more recent conflicts.
Commemorating the Armistice of 1918, people throughout the country will observe a two minute silence on the eleventh day of the eleventh month at 11am. This Tuesday, you too can remember the fateful ‘stilling’ of arms which marked the end of the first world war. But whilst we enjoy freedom today, we cannot deny that our troops are still fighting across the globe.
Our continued support is even more important in times of uncertainty. Whether you choose to wear your red poppy as symbol of hope and retrospection or simply choose to reflect silently, you’ll find many ways to pay your respects with Remembrance Day events happening in Leeds city centre and surrounding area.
On Remembrance Sunday, join the annual parade as The Lord Mayor presents a wreath at the war memorial. Departing from Leeds Civic Hall at 10.50am, a procession will depart for Victoria Gardens. Canon Charles Dobbin will lead the service with a reading from John McCrae’s poem ‘In Flanders Field’ to honour the start of the first world war followed by a two minute silence at 11am, salute and march in front of Town Hall.
Nearby at Leeds Minster, service and units associations as well as the public will gather for a special service at 10am this Remembrance Day in Leeds. A two minute silence will be observed at 11am, followed by the sounding of the Reveille and Last Post. Visitors will then be invited to head outside as a wreath will be placed on the cenotaph and join the parade.
Further out in the borough of Morley, the annual Remembrance Sunday parade and service will depart from town hall. Join the parade which sets off at 10.40am, making its way to the War Memorial for a service and return with the parade for refreshments in Alexandria Hall.
Nearby in the Leeds village of Drighlington, a Remembrance Day service will be observed at 2.30pm at the war memorial on Sunday 9th November 2014, where attendees are invited for refreshments in the meeting hall on Moorland Road. If you live in Ilkley, St John’s Church in Ben Rhydding will be holding their own holy communion service at 10am.
If you live out towards Thorner, you’ll be able to join your fellow residents as well as the City of Leeds Pipe Band, who will perform in full uniform for the parade. Beginning at 9.55am, the procession will head through the village to St. Peter’s Church before a wreath is placed at the village cenotaph.
And two days after Remembrance Sunday, on Armistice Day, you’ll have another chance to show your support in Leeds. On Tuesday 11th November 2014, Leeds University Union, the university chaplaincy and Leeds Officer Training Corps are hosting a service at 10.55am. The service will take place outside the union, with a two minute silence at 11am. Afterwards, you will be invited to head to the Brotherton Library where a wreath will presented at the War Memorial.
City of Leeds Pipe Band image courtesy of Simon Cliff.