Thou­sands gather to re­mem­ber the fallen

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

In Lon­don, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, at­tended the an­nual cer­e­mony at the Ceno­taph in White­hall and Big Ben chimed at 11am as the coun­try fell si­lent.

The Queen did not lay a wreath this year and in­stead watched from the bal­cony of the For­eign Of­fice with Prince Philip and the Duchess of Corn­wall.

There have only been six times dur­ing her reign when the Queen hasn’t laid a wreath. Those were when she was preg­nant or on vis­its over­seas.

Thou­sands also gath­ered at the Na­tional Memo­rial Ar­bore­tum in Al­re­was in Stafford­shire.

Vet­er­ans and dig­ni­taries at­tended a ser­vice at the Armed Forces Memo­rial bear­ing the names of more than 16,000 ser­vice per­son­nel who have died on ac­tive ser­vice since the end of the Sec­ond World War.

Mir­field staged what is said to be the big­gest pa­rade out­side West­min­ster, as hun­dreds of peo­ple marched from Sta­tion Road to a wreath-lay­ing cer­e­mony at the war memo­rial in Ings Grove Park.

The town cen­tre came to a stand­still on Sun­day af­ter­noon as Mayor of Mir­field Clr Paul Blake­ley and Deputy Lord Lieu­tenant of West York­shire Iqbal Bhana led a pa­rade which in­cluded vet­er­ans, serv­ing mil­i­tary per­son­nel along with cadets, scouts, guides, a brass band and other com­mu­nity groups and civic lead­ers.

A vin­tage mil­i­tary Jeep joined the pa­rade along with mo­tor­cy­cles dec­o­rated with pop­pies.

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