Honouring our fallen soldiers

Armistice Day Wakefield Zuhaib Shah from Pinders Primary
Armistice Day Wakefield Zuhaib Shah from Pinders Primary

Remembrance parades and services will be held across the district to pay tribute to members of the armed forces who have lost their lives during conflict.

The commemorative events, which get underway this weekend, will also honour veterans and troops still serving today.

Remembrance Day Service, Wakefield..(SH1001/08b) 9th November 2013.Picture by Simon Hulme

Remembrance Day Service, Wakefield..(SH1001/08b) 9th November 2013.Picture by Simon Hulme

On Sunday (November 5), veterans and cadets will take part in a parade at Nostell Priory. People will gather outside the house at 1.30pm before parading to St Michael and Our Lady Church at Wragby for a service.

Friday, November 10 will then see a two minutes’ silence held at 11am at the War Memorial at County Hall in the city centre. Mayor of Wakefield Coun Kevin Barker will lead the silence, with military personnel from the 299 Para Squadron and children from Pinders Primary School.

He said: “Remembrance events bring people together to show respect, appreciation and pride for those who have fought bravely for the freedom that our country enjoys today.”

The Annual festival of Remembrance will take place at Wakefield Cathedral at 7pm that evening.

The Ridings Shopping Centre will host a non-religious Remembrance event on Saturday, November 11. It will include a short parade down the mall and a two minutes’ silence at 11am marked by a bugler.

Poppy petals will fall from the ceiling and afterwards, veterans will be offered a free afternoon tea at the centre’s Grind cafes.

On Remembrance Sunday, there will be a parade from Normanton Town Hall to the Cenotaph in Haw Hill Park at 10.20am. This will be followed by a service.

In Altofts, there will be a service at the cemetery Cenotaph at 11am followed by a parade through the area.

A parade around Horbury town centre will begin at 10am, and will be followed by a memorial service. And in Ossett, at 1.45pm people will march from Northfield Avenue to Trinity Church for a service.

This will be followed by a full service of Remembrance at the town’s Cenotaph.

In Wakefield, there will be a parade from the Cathedral at 10.35am followed by a wreath laying service at the city’s war memorial.