Sheffield will mark the National Day of Remembrance with a special service on Sunday at the City War Memorial in Barkers Pool.

This year’s service takes on a special significance on the 100th anniversary since the outbreak of World War 1. The Lord Mayor, Councillor Peter Rippon, will lead a procession from the City Hall on 9 November at 11am.

The ceremony will begin with the firing of the first maroon to signal the start of the two minutes’ silence. Another maroon will be fired to signal the end of the silence followed by the ‘Last Post’. The service will be conducted by the Lord Mayor’s Chaplain. On parade will be ex-service personnel together with the Army Units and representatives of uniformed organisations in the city.

The Deputy Lieutenant, High Sheriff, Lord Mayor, Master Cutler, officers of the services and representatives of the ex-services and other organisations on parade will lay wreaths on the War Memorial. The Lord Mayor said: “This is an especially significant year as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War 1.

“We all have a duty to remember and reflect on what the armed services have done for us, and continue to do for us, in serving their country in conflicts around the world. They risk their lives so that we can enjoy our freedom.

“Everyone is welcome to come and join us on Sunday to show their respect for our heroes, past and present.”

You can support the Royal British Legion for the work they do by buying a poppy. Poppy products are also available from their website: www.britishlegion.org.uk.

At the ceremony, members of the public can lay floral tributes on the War Memorial, under police supervision, when the parade has marched past the Memorial.

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Notes for editors:

A maroon is an exploding firework used as a warning signal. In this instance, it is used to signal the start and end of the two minutes’ silence.

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