For many people, Armistice and Remembrance Day are two of the most important dates in their diaries. People from all over come together to remember and support the soldiers from not only World War one, but the many wars that came before and after that. Staffordshire plays an important role in this special day and we’ve had a look at what is happening in the area so that you can join in.
Armistice Day Service – National Memorial Arboretum
An Armistice Day service is being held at the National Memorial Arboretum, within the Armed Forces memorial. A two-minute silence will be held at exactly 11am, so that on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month, sunlight will hit the central bronze wreath sculpture.
Admission is free, although donations are appreciated.
Act of Remembrance – Market Square, Stafford
Stafford Borough Council are holding an act of remembrance in Market Square on Saturday 11th November. The act starts at 10:50am and ends at 11:10am.
Service of Remembrance – National Memorial Arboretum
The National Memorial Arboretum is holding a Service of Remembrance so that members of the public can come and show their respects to the Armed Forces. The service starts at 10.30am and will include a readings and performances from people who have lost loved ones that have been in the armed forces.
Admission is free, although donations would be appreciated. Service books are available at a suggested donation of £2.
Remembrance Parade – Meir Road to Longton Park
This parade starts at Alexandra Junior School in Normacot and finishes at the cenotaph in Longton Park. Hundreds of people are expected to take part, including war veterans.
Remembrance Service – Stoke Cenotaph, Kings Hall
The Stoke remembrance service is being organised by Stoke City Council. They are asking people to arrive by 10.20am.
Remembrance Service – Hanley Town Hall
Stoke City Council are also organising this event and are asking the public to arrive by 10.15am.
Remembrance Sunday – Victoria Square and Market Square, Stafford
Another remembrance event is being held on Sunday in Victoria and Market Square in Stafford. The event runs from 10:50am and 12pm an is free to attend.
Remembrance Day church service and parade – St. Giles Church, Newcastle
Residents have been invited to join Newcastle-under-Lyme’s mayor, Simon White at the annual church service and parade. The parade will start from the Civic Offices, Merrial Street, at 9.25am. A wreath laying ceremony and the act of remembrance will then take place at the war memorial in Red Lion Square at 11am and then the parade will make its way back to the Civic Offices.