VIDEO: Thousands gather in Leicester to honour nation’s fallen heroes on Remembrance Day

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Thousands of people went to Victoria Park to pay their respects and honour the fallen heroes of the nation with poppy wreaths.

By Sophie Sandberg

Thousands of people attended the annual Remembrance Day service at Victoria Park, Leicester, today (SundayNOV11) to pay their respects to the nation’s fallen servicemen and women and to acknowledge the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

 A parade made up of members of the armed forces, veterans and cadets walked in unison from the De Montfort Hall, along the Centenary Walk to the historic Arch of Remembrance in Victoria Park to honour the fallen heroes of the nation.

The arch had been restored as a part of this year’s Remembrance Day preparations and the walk was lined with poppies, made by schools, and guide and scout associations in Leicestershire to acknowledge the 100thanniversary of the end of The Great War.

The parade was followed by an annual service led by the Bishop of Leicester, the Right Reverend Martyn Snow.

He said: “Today marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One and this is a sign that we are determined to go on remembering those who risked their lives for us and are no longer with us.

“We stand together here today in this remembrance to stand up against all hatreds, prejudices and injustices in the world and to show that peace should rule, not only in our country but in every country.”

Official poppy wreaths were laid by the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Mike Kapur, and the Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Ross Grant, together with representatives from the local emergency services, military units and from various faith organisations.

Sir David Attenborough also laid a wreath, supported by Michael Attenborough and Professor Paul Boyle, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, at the memorial to mark the 100th anniversary of the first donation made to fund the creation of the university.

Members of the public were invited to lay wreaths inside the Arch of Remembrance at the end of the ceremony.

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The parade was made up of members of the armed forces, veterans and cadets all dressed up for the historic day.

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