Held on Sunday 13 November, people of the city are once again warmly invited to gather at the war memorial on Victoria Gardens to join the Lord Mayor and other dignitaries as they lay their respective wreaths.
At 10.50am as is tradition, a procession will leave Leeds Civic Hall and finish at Victoria Gardens where a number of wreaths will then be laid. Amongst those laying a wreath will be the Executive Mayor of Dortmund Ullrich Sierau and his wife on behalf of the city of Dortmund. This will follow ex-service men and women plus members of ex-service organisations and current serving military organisations gathering outside Leeds City Museum before marching to the war memorial at 10.30am. Amongst those joining the Lord Mayor in the parade will be the High Sheriff of West Yorkshire Mr Chris Brown, and the leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake.
Led by the Right Reverend Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds (CofE), the service will also be broadcast on two big screens around the war memorial to allow members of the public not at the front to watch the proceedings.
Prior to this occasion, there will also be a separate service for Armistice Day on Friday 11 November, organised by the Royal British Legion. As part of this service, as well as laying a poppy wreath at the war memorial, the Lord Mayor will also place a separate wreath at the Leeds Pals Memorial in recognition of all those who lost their lives in the Battle of Somme. The service will be held at 11am at the war memorial on Victoria Gardens and members of the public are also welcome to attend.
Ahead of both Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, a poppy themed garden seat bench is also set to be temporarily installed on Victoria Gardens.
The Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Gerry Harper, said:
“The huge sacrifices which have been made by so many of our armed forces men and women in times of conflict should never be forgotten, and Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday are both occasions where as a city, we can all come together and reflect.
“The service which we hold each year on Remembrance Sunday at the war memorial on Victoria Gardens is always extremely emotional and I look forward to welcoming the public on the day as we remember and pay tribute to all those who have lost their lives while serving in our armed forces.”