A service to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War and to pay tribute to all those who lost their lives in conflict is being held at County Hall on Friday.
The short service will take place at the Stand Easy memorial at County Hall, beginning at 10.55am and will incorporate the laying of wreaths, a two-minute silence at 11am and the planting of a tree to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War.
During the service, the names of all former Leicestershire County Council employees listed on the County Hall war memorial will be read out.
Dignitaries taking part in the service include the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire Mike Kapur, High Sheriff of Leicestershire Diana Thompson and Leicestershire County Council Chairman Ozzy O’Shea.
They will be joined by representatives of veterans’ associations, the Royal British Legion, serving members of the armed forces, cadets and pupils from Hall Primary School in Glenfield.
We all owe so much to those who lost their lives in conflict and it is vital that we continue to remember and pay tribute to their sacrifice. It is even more important this year, as we mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, that we honour their contribution.Person:Ozzy O’Shea, chairman of the county council
The service of remembrance is among a number of ways in which Leicestershire County Council is marking the centenary of the armistice and paying tribute to those who fought and died, including:
- Fixing poppies to more than 250 council fleet vehicles
- Displaying poppies on the lamp posts along Championship Way
- Placing two Royal British Legion ‘Tommies’ silhouettes to stand guard at the entrance to the County Hall car park
- Lighting up County Hall in red