20th Jan, 2022

Details of Coventry's 2021 Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service announced

Tristan Harris 8th Nov, 2021 Updated: 8th Nov, 2021

DETAILS have been announced for the annual service and parade at Coventry’s War Memorial Park on Remembrance Sunday, November 14.

The commemorations will honour and pay respect to those who lost their lives in the two World Wars and other conflicts.

The parade begins at Spencer Park and makes its way to the War Memorial Park, through the ceremonial gates, to the Cenotaph.

There a service will be led by The Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, the Lord Bishop of Coventry.

Members of the public are invited to attend the service and are asked to be mindful of fellow attendees by social distancing to help deliver a safe event.

The commemorations feature a parade, hymns, readings, a two-minute silence and prayers, followed by the laying of wreaths by representatives of the Armed Forces, emergency services, civic representatives and many other groups to remember the fallen.

A wreath of purple poppies will also be laid in recognition of those animals who served in times of conflict. For as long as there has been war animals have served side-by-side, often giving their lives to save others.

The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Coun John McNicholas, who will take the salute, said: “This service is very important to the city and reminds us why we continue to promote peace and reconciliation around the world.

“We’re pleased to be able to have an in-person event this year.

“We know how much the service in the War Memorial Park means to our residents and with it being 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Day Commemorations, it’s a particularly fitting time to bring it back.”

The service will take place at 10.45am and guests and the public should assemble at the Cenotaph, near to the Leamington Road entrance, from 10.30am.

Members of the public are also welcome to attend the annual Communal Grave Service at London Road Cemetery at 3pm later the same day to remember the civilians who died during the Blitz in 1940.

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