Events to mark Armistice Day and Remembrance in Wakefield district


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Wakefield Council marked the Royal British Legion's national two-minute silence on Friday 11 November at 11am. 

The silence was in memory of all those who have died in conflicts around the world.

People were asked to gather at the War Memorial opposite County Hall, where the Mayor and Mayoress of the Wakefield District, Councillor Harry Ellis and Mrs Janet Ellis lead the 2 minute silence, accompanied by children from Wakefield Pinders Primary School and Military personnel from the 299 Para Squadron.

The Annual Festival of Remembrance will be held in Wakefield Cathedral on Friday November 11 at 7pm and will include an act of remembrance.

Cllr Harry Ellis, Mayor of the district said: "These events are a way of honouring those who have fought bravely for the freedom our country enjoys today.

"The remembrance events bring people together to show respect, appreciation and pride for those who have given up everything for the rest of us, both in past and present wars."

Cllr Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "This is an important time of year when we come together to remember those who have made huge sacrifices for their country and those who continue to do so. I am proud to take part in the ceremony to ensure that their contributions are never forgotten and hope that as many people as possible attend."

The Annual Festival of Remembrance is free and begins at 7pm. Everyone is welcome and asked to be in their seats no later than 6.45pm.

The Royal British Legion will be hosting a Wreath Laying Service at the War Memorial off Rishworth Street, near County Hall, Wakefield at 11am on Sunday November 13, following a parade from the Cathedral at 10.40am. The service will be led by Council officials and dignitaries. All are welcome to observe and participate in the service.


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