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Coming together for Remembrance Sunday in Sheffield

Armed forces personnel assembled at the Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday

Barker’s Pool will once again be full of poppies and pride as people gather together at the Cenotaph for the National Day of Remembrance on Sunday 14 November.

The Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Sheffield Councillor Gail Smith will be joined by the Deputy Lieutenant, High Sheriff & Master Cutler, plus veterans, service personnel and cadets to take part in a ceremony, join together in prayer, observe a silence and lay wreaths to remember the service and sacrifice of those in our Armed Forces and those who gave their lives for our country. 

Proceedings will start at 10.30am and the service will be complete by 12pm.  

Local people are invited to come along to the service and can lay poppies or wreaths at the end of the service if they wish to do so.

Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Gail Smith, said:

“It is a great honour for me to lead this year’s Remembrance Sunday service. It is so important for us to be able to come together and remember together the selfless sacrifices made by our Armed Forces and everyone who has given their lives for our country, so we can live in peace and freedom. 

“Since buying the first poppy in Sheffield’s poppy appeal, I’ve been wearing it with pride and will do so next Sunday as we reflect on the significance of that little red flower and the words ‘lest we forget’. 

“I hope lots of people in Sheffield will come out to mark the National Day of Remembrance, remembering lost loved ones and showing our veterans just how grateful we are.” 

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Royal British Legion. Formed in 1921, in the aftermath of the First World War, the charity’s founding mission was to fight for the rights of those who had given so much and come back to so little. Today, with 100 years of experience, the Legion provides lifelong care and support to all serving and ex-serving personnel and their families. 

Pat Davey, Chairman of the Sheffield and District Joint Council of Ex-Service Associations, said:

Last year because of Covid we had to Remember individually but remembering as a Nation is extremely important because I believe Remembrance has two sides to it. The first being to remember with pride all who gave their lives along with all those who offered to give their lives for our a freedom and the Freedom of the World, and secondly to never let that freedom so hard fought for to be given away. 

“Let us remember that the red of the Poppy represents the blood spilt for us, it represents pride in those who spilt that blood and, above all, it represents our determination that never again do we want to see that blood spilt on far away, or close at home, battlefields.  The poppy is the flower of Remembrance but just as importantly it is the living emblem of our desire for peace.” 

Remembrance Sunday Order of Service 

At 10.30am Sheffield Citadel Salvation Army Band commences play, while Services and ex-Service Organisations assemble on Holly Street, where they will set off to start the procession from the City Hall to the Cenotaph at 10.55am. 

The Exhortation will be spoken by an Officer from the 212 (Yorkshire) Field Hospital at 10.58am, with the Last Post at 10.59am. 

Two minutes of silence will be observed at 11am, followed by wreath laying, a series of hymns, poems and readings, ending with the Lord’s Prayer and closing comments.  

The parade will march from the Cenotaph to dismiss at 12pm.

If attending, people are advised to wear face coverings in crowded areas and to keep sanitising their hands. Anyone with Covid symptoms or who is self isolating should not attend.