A service and parade in Leeds for the heroes of 1944

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Leeds will salute the bravery of Britain’s D-Day troops at a church service and parade later this month.

Organised by the city group of the Royal British Legion, the service commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings will take place at Leeds Minster at 3pm next Sunday, June 15.

All ex-military personnel are welcome to attend, as are other members of the public.

The event will include the playing of a lament by Piper Tom Mulholland.

Canon Tony Bundock, Rector of Leeds, will lead the service. He said today: “We will be remembering those who gave their lives as well as those whose lives were changed forever by what they experienced. I think it will be a very solemn occasion.”

The service will be attended by the Lord Mayor Elect of Leeds, Coun David Congreve.

Coun Congreve said: “This service will be a chance for the city to reflect on the immense sacrifice made by our soldiers, who demonstrated unimaginable bravery on the beaches of Normandy.

“The event carries extra significance this year as we mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day and it will be an honour and a privilege to attend.”

The Leeds Minster service comes less than a fortnight before the country’s Armed Forces Day.

It is held annually to encourage people across the UK to show their appreciation for the military and this year it falls on Saturday, June 28.

As previously reported by the YEP, the day will see a major celebration at Victoria Gardens on The Headrow in Leeds city centre.

The free Leeds City Council-organised event will run from 11am to 4pm and will include a midday military parade together with music from Rothwell Temperance Band.

Another highlight will be a flyover from a historic Spitfire plane at 2.45pm.

This year’s Armed Forces Day celebrations in Wakefield, meanwhile, will include an event at the Nostell Priory visitor attraction from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, June 22.

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