The Lord Mayor of Leeds is calling on local people to wear their family’s war medals with pride next month.
Councillor Tom Murray is urging anyone whose relatives or friends fought in previous conflicts to don their wartime medals on Remembrance Sunday in honour of their contribution and sacrifices.
Coun Murray’s father, Philip Murray, was in the Navy during World War II, working in the engine room of Destroyer ships.
Coun Murray said: “As a generation, they didn’t talk about the war too much and it’s one of my biggest regrets that I didn’t spend more time talking to him about what happened.
“I would love to know what it was like for him. The ordinary story of the ordinary soldier is not often told.
“Getting the story that’s behind the headlines is something I wish I had done.”
He added: “The medals show some of the places they were engaged in. My father was in Normandy, France for D-Day and was also involved with Mediterranean convoys, taking food and supplies.
“Sadly my dad has passed away and now I will wear them with pride.
“It is something everyone can take part in, whether they wear them at a service or at church.
“We have busy lives but at 11am on November 11 the whole country will stop and think about what happened and the price that was paid by many.”
On Sunday, November 10, a procession will leave the Civic Hall and make their way to the remembrance service, which will be held at Victoria Gardens.
On November 11, a ‘Music of Remembrance’ concert will be held at Leeds Town Hall.
Coun Murray added: “It is important that we all remember because we can learn a lot from what has happened in the past.
“There are some strong messages there.”