SHEFFIELD city centre came to a standstill as service veterans, families of current forces personnel and hundreds of members of the public paid their respects to those who died in two key battles.
Yesterday’s commemorations were in memory of local personnel who gave their lives in the Battle of Britain and Battle of Arnhem of World War Two.
Veterans and RAF cadets paraded into Barker’s Pool to lay wreaths before marching to Sheffield Cathedral.
After a service, the parade then reformed to march past Cutlers Hall and salute civic dignitaries including Lord Mayor Coun John Campbell and Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, David Moody.
Cannon Christopher Cowling, precentor of Sheffield Cathedral, led the service, which included readings by Mr Moody and RAF Cadet Luke Oxley, of 370 Squadron Air Training Corps.
Among those watching the events was Frank Wells, aged 81, of Brecks, Rotherham, who was in the RAF Police during his national service.
He said: “I have come for the ceremony to pay my respects for all who made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Standing nearby and wearing his beret and medals was Douglas Hopewell, 79, of Sandygate, who served in the Korean War on national service with the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment.
He said: “Crowds for events like this were dwindling but I think that with what’s happening in Afghanistan, more people realise what the armed forces are up against. I was in Korea for six months.
“On a single day, my battalion lost 58 men.”
Coun Campbell, a former Territorial Army Sergeant, said: “It is good to see so many young, old and service veterans honouring those who have given their lives for this country in a week which has also seen unveiling of the new Shiregreen war memorial.”