Originally instituted to remember those lost in the First World War, the Remembrance Sunday service is held every year on the second Sunday in November (the closest Sunday to Armistice Day on 11 November).
Today, the service commemorates the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian men and women of two world wars and all the conflicts in 1945. This year’s event also marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the Korean War in 1953.
The Leeds Act of Remembrance will be held on Sunday 12 November. At 10.50, a procession will leave Leeds Civic Hall, and as is tradition, fall in behind a parade of ex-servicemen and women, veterans’ organisations, and current serving military personnel, who will lead the march to the war memorial from Rossington Street at 10.30.
Amongst those joining the Lord Mayor in the parade will be the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Helen Thomson, Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Deputy Leader of Leeds City Council, and the Leeds Children’s Mayor, 10-year-old, Mohammed Hussein.
A multi-faith service at the war memorial will be led by the Bishop of Kirkstall, the Right Rev Arun Arora and shown on two big screens to allow members of the public who are not near the front to watch the proceedings.
At 11am, attendees will join the rest of the nation in a two-minute silence, which will be preceded by a bugler sounding the Last Post.
Following the service, the Lord Mayor and civic representatives will proceed to Millennium Square, where a salute and march past will take place.
The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Al Garthwaite, said:
At a time when the world is blighted by so much conflict, it is more important than ever to come together as one community, to honour and remember those who laid down their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today, and to commemorate the sacrifices and celebrate the achievements of our armed forces personnel, past and present.
Leeds has such a proud military history and as someone from a military family, it fills me with great pride to be laying a wreath on behalf of the city as part of Remembrance Sunday. I hope that as many people as possible can join me for a service that is always moving and tremendously poignant.