A we head into November we take a moment to reflect upon the sacrifices of those who serve in our armed forces and the sacrifices they made to keep us safe. Last year many of the services and parades were not held due to ongoing concern around COVID. but this year many of them will be returning to churches and war memorials across the county.


They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

For the Fallen, by Robert Laurence Binyon


Read on for full details of all the events taking place. Most are on Sunday 13th November unless otherwise noted.


Victoria Park Arch of Remembrance

Leicester’s Annual #Remembrance Service is taking place on Sunday 13th November at the Lutyens War Memorial. The Service is open to all and is an opportunity to pay your respects to the nation’s fallen servicemen and women.

Members of the public are asked to be in place by 10.40am, as a parade made up of members from the Armed Forces, Veterans and cadets will step off from De Montfort Hall along Centenary Walk to the Arch of Remembrance followed by the official wreath laying parties.

The Service begins at 10.55am and will be led by Right Reverend Martyn Snow, Bishop of Leicester. The service will include two-minutes silence at 11am, which will be marked by the firing of salutes and the playing of the Last Post.

Welford Rd Cemetery

Held one day before, on Saturday 12 November and organised by the Friends of Welford Road Cemetery, the service is open to all. Meet at 10.30am at the visitor centre, for the service which will start at 11am.

Wigston

Back for the first time after COVID the parade will start at 10.30am and travel from Elizabeth Court opposite Peace Memorial Park to All Saints' Church where there will be a remembrance service. An additional remembrance service will be held at St Thomas the Apostle Church in South Wigston from 10am on Sunday, November 13, with the act of remembrance at the War Memorial in Blaby Road at 10.55am.

Remembrance Day itself will also be marked at 11am on Friday, November 11, at Peace Memorial Park.

Oadby

The Oadby parade will take place at 2.15pm and will travel from Rosemead Drive to St Peter's Church, where a remembrance service will take place.

Melton Mowbray

The Melton Band will lead the parade, joined by representation from the Armed Forces, Royal British Legion, RAF Association, Royal Army Veterinary Association, Army, Police and Air Cadets, and residents from Wexford House, along with Scouts, Guides and other local clubs and representatives.

The parade begins in the Chapel Street car park at 10.20am and will head down King Street, Sage Cross Street, Sherrard Street and Church Street to St Mary’s Parish Church. The service at St Mary’s Church is set to start at 10.50am and will begin with the wreaths being led into the church. Residents are welcome into the church to attend the service.

Following the service the parade will re-form at 11.50am in Burton Street and march down Leicester Street, past the dais in the Market Place, to the War Memorial Gardens where wreaths will be laid.

Hinckley

Hinckley’s annual Remembrance Sunday service will be led by the Vicar of St Mary’s Church at the Argents Mead war memorial. The service will begin just before 11am. There will be a parade from the hospital car park on Mount Road to the war memorial before the service. Following the service, there will be a parade down Castle Street, through the Market Place and into St Mary’s Road.

Ashby de la Zouch

Two services will take place at 9.30am, one traditional at St Helen's and one contemporary all-ages at Holy Trinity. At 10.45am on both Friday and Sunday, there will be an act of remembrance at the Market Street war memorial.

Coalville

Coalville’s parade leaves Christ Church at 10.30am passing along Hotel Street and High Street, culminating in a wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial in Memorial Square. Poppy petals will be released from the top of the Memorial Clock Tower to honour those who served and currently serve.

Burbage

Beginning at 10am, there will be a remembrance parade, followed by a service at the war memorial in New Road.

Market Harborough

A service will take place in the town centre in The Square from 11am.

Loughborough

Loughborough’s remembrance service will be held at the Carillion Tower in Queen’s Park. The parade starts from the town centre at 10.20am and will arrive at the Carillion for the service at 10.50am. Armistice Day will be commemorated on Friday, with a service at the Carillion at 10.50am. The Last Post will be played and at 11am a two-minute silence will be observed.

Thurmaston

A parade will leave Thurmaston Scout and Guide HQ at 10.35am, for a short service at Thurmaston War Memorial, with wreath laying from 10.45am and the traditional silence at 11am.

Stoney Stanton

The service of remembrance will be held at St Michael’s Church at 11am.

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