Each year the city and county join the nation to remember those who lost their lives in serving their country and those who have been, and still are, affected by the impact of conflict.
Remembrance Sunday falls on the second Sunday in November and in Leicester it is usually marked by a service and parade at Victoria Park. The service attracts around 3,000 people who come not only to pay their respects but to show support for the armed forces and veterans communities. The parade is made up of serving personnel, veterans and cadets from across Leicester and Leicestershire.
Ways to commemorate Remembrance Sunday from home
This year, we have had to mark the anniversary in a different way, as it hasn’t been possible to hold a service and parade at the Arch of Remembrance due to the national restrictions. There are still a number of ways you can join with us to pay your respects at home. Some people will be choosing to mark the two minute silence on their doorstep.
Leicester Remembers on the radio
On Sunday 8 November, BBC Radio Leicester will broadcast 'Leicester Remembers' at 10.30am. It will be a dedicated programme featuring personal stories and information from those who have fought in different conflicts, along with a message from the Bishop of Leicester, as well as two minutes’ silence at 11am.
Virtual tribute video
The specially commissioned video below features key dignitaries across the city and county laying official wreaths.
Post a Poppy
We were keen to provide an opportunity for people to get involved at home with their 'Post a Poppy' campaign. Photos received from members of the public have been used to create a slideshow which will be showcased on the screen at Green Dragon Square, between 4pm and 10pm from Friday 6 November through to the evening of Armistice Day (10 November).
In light of the national lockdown and to ensure your personal safety, you can view the full slideshow from the comfort of your home below.
Activities from home
The British Legion website has put together a wide-range of activities for you to mark the occasions from the safety of your homes.
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