Call to arms to show respect

Launch of Poppy Appeal 2011 in Rotherham. Pictured are Royal British Legion members and Mayor, Coun Shaun Wright.
Launch of Poppy Appeal 2011 in Rotherham. Pictured are Royal British Legion members and Mayor, Coun Shaun Wright.
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SHEFFIELD veterans have issued a call to arms - urging members of the public to attend Remembrance Sunday events to show respect to members of the armed forces.

A number of parades and services are being held on Sunday, November 13 and the Royal British Legion has launched its Poppy Appeal, across South Yorkshire.

The largest Remembrance Day event is in Sheffield city centre, when old soldiers, sailors and airmen will join with members of the Territorial Army and cadets for a parade, service and wreath-laying at the war memorial in Barkers Pool at 10.30am.

Fred Powell, chairman of Sheffield Joint Council of Ex Service Associations, who fought in World War Two in North Africa and the Far East, said: “I would like to remind all the citizens of Sheffield that we should show our respect for all who have died or been injured due to war or peacekeeping duties.

“It is due to the sacrifice of these people that England is a free country. I hope there is a good attendance from members of the public to demonstrate their respect for the sacrifices made.”

A further service takes place at the York and Lancaster memorial in Weston Park, Sheffield, at 10.30am, where wreaths will be laid.

n In Barnsley, people are invited to join a service events at the war memorial outside the Town Hall at 11am, beginning with a two-minute silence followed by wreath laying.

n Rotherham’s civic parade, attended by Mayor Coun Shaun Wright, will leave Effingham Square at 9am and march through town to the Rotherham Minister for a service at 9.45am.

The parade then heads to the war memorial in Clifton Park for wreath laying and a service at 11am.

n A parade organised by local Royal British Legion members will also take place in Grimethorpe, Barnsley, on Sunday, November 13.

It starts at the Bullet Sports and Social Club, on Brierley Road, at 9.45am.