A MOVING ceremony marked the opening of a new war memorial to honour the city’s fallen heroes.
And a new public space was also opened to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee during the proceedings outside County Hall on Wednesday.
The event began with a dedication ceremony conducted by Canon Michael Rawson on behalf of the Royal British Legion at Coronation Gardens.
The Legion’s squadron leader, the Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire David Dinmore and the Mayor of Wakefield Coun Elaine Blezard laid wreaths by a memorial stone, in front of guests which included the families of soldiers who have died.
Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band performed The Last Post during the ceremony.
The ribbon was then cut at Jubilee Gardens, another public space opposite County Hall which will be a lasting memorial of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.
Dep Lt Dinmore said: “It was a very moving service to honour those members of the forces who have died.
“Two lasting memorials were opened and it was a nice ceremony.”
The new memorial stone was the result of campaigning by The Royal British Legion Wakefield branch chairman Graham Beynon-Fisher, whose son, Cpl Jonathan Beynon-Fisher was a serviceman who died in 2009.
Mr Beynon-Fisher said he was campaigning for a plaque to be put up next to the memorial listing the names of all local servicemen who have died since 1945.