Lest we forget: GMP band to lead Manchester’s Centenary Remembrance Day parade

Manchester will come together to honour fallen war heroes in a Remembrance Day parade led by GMP Band on Sunday.

The procession, including senior representatives from the Navy, Army, Air Force, Royal British Legion, Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, Reserve Forces and 207 Field Hospital, will depart from outside the Radisson Hotel on Peter Street at 10:15am on November 9.

Civic dignitaries, servicemen and women, service and ex-service organisations, faith leaders and uniformed organisations will also take part in the march.

Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Sue Cooley said: “Remembrance Sunday gives us time to reflect on past and present conflicts and is a chance for us all to express our respect for the men and women who have given their lives in the fight for freedom.

“2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War One and rightly our thoughts will turn to all those who lost their lives or were affected by one of the worst conflicts the world has ever seen. 

“However, while it is important we take the time to remember the devastating consequences of historic conflicts and the enormous sacrifices made by all members of the armed forces, I’d ask everyone to also spare a thought for those still risking life and limb in conflicts across the globe and the families they have left behind.”

The parade will join Councillor Cooley, the Lord Lieutenant and civic dignitaries at the cenotaph in St Peter’s Square, opposite the Cooper Street entrance of the Town Hall, for the Remembrance Day service at10.55am.

Alongside elected members, consuls and magistrates at the service there will be faith leaders including representatives from the Muslim, Afro-Caribbean Christian Churches, Sikh, Hindu, Jain and Jewish communities along with clergy from the Free Church, Church of England and Catholic Church.

Following the service, the parade will return to Albert Square for the March Past of Service Organisations.

Image courtesy of Stuart Grout, with thanks. 

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