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Borough comes together as Remembrance events mark poignant day

29 October 2019

Veterans marching down Yorkshire Street in Rochdale.

Residents across the borough will have the chance to pay their respects to those who've made sacrifices in defence of the country at the 2019 Remembrance Day Services.

Commemorations will be held on Sunday 10 November with a number of parades taking place taking place in neighbourhoods across the community. Representatives from the Navy, Army and Royal Air Force will join veterans and civic dignitaries for the parades, which will take place in Rochdale, Heywood, Littleborough, Middleton, Norden, Milnrow and Wardle. Members of the public are invited to attend to show their gratitude to servicemen and women.

The Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Billy Sheerin, said: "Remembrance Day is about paying homage to those fallen in all wars and to thank them for the peace we have today. We take this time to remember all those affected by wars, the millions who have lost their lives and war veterans and their families. We remind ourselves that these sacrifices continue to take place today by our British Armed Forces and remember those who have fallen and continue to fall in conflicts. As Mayor, I am proud to be laying wreaths across the borough on behalf of all our communities. It will be a poignant and emotional day. We will remember them."

Remembrance Sunday is about people of all ages coming together to pause, remember and reflect

Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for the armed forces, said: "Remembrance Sunday is an important day for our community across the borough, as we pay tribute to the fallen and remember the sacrifices of millions of brave men and women. It is heartwarming to see people wearing their poppy with pride and to know that thousands of people, as always, will attend the local services across the borough. As cabinet member I am proud of the council's work to support our Armed Forces community and Remembrance Sunday is about people of all ages coming together to pause, remember and reflect. Lest we forget."

From now until Sunday, 10 November 2019, the Royal British Legion is holding its annual poppy appeal, which raises money to support British servicemen and women and their families. Poppies can be bought online at the Royal British Legion website. You can also buy poppies at Rochdale Town Hall and Number One Riverside, as well as from shops, supermarkets, pubs and many other locations across the borough.

Every Thursday from 9am – 10am, the council hosts a Veterans' Breakfast Club in the Clock Tower Dining Room at Rochdale Town hall, alongside the council's armed forces partners. All ex-military and dependents are welcome.

The council signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2012, aimed at encouraging communities to support services that promote and encourage activities that help integrate armed forces personnel back into civilian life.