Leeds youngsters remember city’s fallen soldiers

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Leeds is set to fall silent this morning to honour the ultimate sacrifice of fallen wartime heroes.

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month peace was declared on the Western Front to mark the end of World War One in 1918.

Members of the Yorkshire Evening Post's Children's Panel.

Members of the Yorkshire Evening Post's Children's Panel.

This year’s act of remembrance is all the more poignant as it marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, 70 years since the D-Day landings and the end of Britain’s conflict in Afghanistan.

And today members of the Yorkshire Evening Post Children’s Panel share their thoughts on the importance of marking Armistice Day.

Jayden Yeardley, whose great-grandfather and great-great grandfather fought in World War One, said: “The soldiers risked their lives to help the world.

“They need to be remembered for what they did for us.”

Mia Sudbury said she always donates to the Poppy Appeal.

She said: “I recently saw the play Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo and it showed normal people and how war changed their lives completely.

“People gave up their lives and some people were shot for cowardice because war was too much for them.

“It is important to remember them as well because the war was so traumatic.”

Laurie O’Brien, who recently read the book Private Peaceful, said: “I buy a poppy every year and donate to the Poppy Appeal because it is important to remember.

“People gave up their lives and risked their lives to help save the country.”

Young reporter Sophie Poole added: “It is important to remember as the soldiers risked and gave up their lives so that we could have a better future.”


Poppies are set to fall at the Royal Armouries today as part of a Remembrance Service.

The tribute will be led by the Chaplain of the Royal Navy, the Rev Gordon Warren, and will start at 10.30am.

There will be music, readings and prayers ahead of a lone bugler who will sound the Last Post before a two minute silence is observed at 11am.

During the service there will be a roll call of the names of the fallen from the Second Battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

The Armouries has also recently opened a poignant new exhibition which features 40 photographs of war veterans.

There will also be a short service of remembrance this morning at the War Memorial on Victoria Gardens, in Leeds city centre, from 10.45am.

All traffic between Park Row and Oxford Place will be held stationary from 10.58am until 11.03am.

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