On Sunday, 12th November, individuals all over the country will observe Remembrance Sunday, and various events are scheduled across Calderdale to honour this significant occasion.

In alignment with the launch of the national 2023 Poppy Appeal by the Royal British Legion, Calderdale Council has unveiled its plans for this year’s Remembrance. The Council will be hosting a comprehensive Remembrance Sunday event in Halifax.

The central focus of the commemorations in Halifax will be the Remembrance Sunday parade. This year, the parade will commence at the Piece Hall, with dignitaries and veterans expected to arrive from 10 a.m. Those who wish to line the streets and witness the parade are requested to do so from the south gate exit of the Piece Hall.

At 10:30 a.m., the parade will set off and reach the Cenotaph near Halifax Minster for the service and Act of Remembrance at 10:45 a.m., followed by a two-minute silence at 11 a.m. A subsequent service of remembrance will be held inside the Minster.

Additional events will also be taking place in towns and villages across Calderdale, including services at war memorials or local churches throughout the borough.

The Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Ashley Evans, said; “Remembrance events are held across the borough and offer an opportunity for people to come together and show their gratitude to all those who have served their country. It’s also a time to commemorate the sacrifice many have made, remembering those who have lost their lives in service, or have been left with mental or physical scars.

“I’m honoured to be representing the borough and taking part in the Remembrance Sunday events in Halifax town centre and laying a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of the people of Calderdale.”

Annually, approximately 300,000 volunteers from the Royal British Legion take to the streets with poppies and collection boxes, raising millions of pounds for the Poppy Appeal. The funds collected during this period, along with proceeds from various other fundraising activities throughout the year, go towards providing assistance and support to current and former Service men and women, as well as their dependents.