Commemorations will be held on Sunday, 12 November 2023, with a number of services and parades taking place. Representatives from the Navy, Army and Royal Air Force will join veterans and civic dignitaries for parades in Rochdale, Castleton, Heywood, Littleborough, Middleton, Norden, Milnrow, and Wardle.
Members of the public are invited to attend to show their gratitude to servicemen and women past and present.
The Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Mike Holly, said
“Remembrance Sunday is always a poignant and reflective day, as we pay tribute to our Armed Forces and honour the service of thousands of men and women from across the borough. Without the selfless dedication and sacrifices of our Armed Forces, the freedoms, liberty and values we cherish and value so much, would have been lost. Together with the Mayoress and Deputy Mayor, I am proud that we are laying wreaths at memorials across our borough. We will remember them.”
Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for the Armed Forces, said:
“As always it will be a moving occasion, as we gather across the borough to pay our respects to those who have served our country and protected our freedoms and liberty. In our remembrance we honour the fallen, people of all faiths and no faith, from all over the world. Side by side they fought together, they fell together and together they defended the freedom we all enjoy today. We are united in our remembrance across the community. Lest we forget.”
From now until Sunday, 12 November 2023 the Royal British Legion is holding its annual poppy appeal, which raises money to support British servicemen and women and their families. Poppies can be bought online, Number One Riverside, Rochdale, and selected places across the borough.