Veterans spoke of their ‘pride’ as they paraded for applauding Sheffield crowds to honour members of the armed forces.
Veterans spoke of their ‘pride’ today as they paraded for applauding Sheffield crowds to honour members of the armed forces.
The procession, with those who fought for their country in front, some struggling to walk, and cadets bringing up the rear, was watched by crowds in the city centre.
Shiregreen 94-year-old Cyril Elliot, who landed on the Normandy beaches on D-Day, said: “This is something we have to keep going as long as we possibly can.”
Friend and fellow veteran Ken Joel, aged 90, added: “It’s really important people remember what we sacrified for their and our freedom.
“It does fill you with pride to parade again. You never forget the memories, and the lads that were lost.”
Music, a wartime ‘make and mend’ stall and displays were also part of Armed Forces and Veterans Day.
Great-grandmother Eileen Rollinson, aged83 and of Rotherham, said: “We come every year. We know what these men went through and grew up in wartime.”
This year’s armed forces and veterans’ day formed part of activities to mark 100 years since the outbreak of World War One and the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings.