HONOURING THE FALLEN - Friday, 8 November 2013

Poppies will be dropped to commemorate local servicemen and women who have lost their lives in recent conflicts as part of the Armistice Day Commemoration at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, on Monday, November 11.

Led by The Reverend Gordon Warren, Chaplain of the Royal Navy, the Remembrance service runs from 10.45am to 11.30am and is open to the public. The order of service includes Bible readings from Psalm 45 and John, Chapter 15, verses 9 to 17, plus poetry readings and an excerpt from Lady Cynthia Asquith’s diary.

Children’s voices will add extra poignancy, with an appearance by a school choir from Allerton Primary School in Bradford.

Poppies will be released after the sound of The Last Post and before the two minutes’ silence at 11am.

Other Remembrance features include:

Peace Flame – Royal Armouries is the only national museum to host this during November and the flame will burn, undimmed, throughout the month.

Poppy Sculpture – Museum visitors and passers-by can view a brand new sculpture honouring the one million UK and Commonwealth servicemen who died during the First World War. The sculpture is part of an exciting new venture, organised by The Royal British Legion and international award-winning artist designer Mark Humphrey. From next year, visitors will be able to donate and post poppies in memory of loved ones, as part of the First World War centenary commemorations.

Trench Warfare Talk – Royal Amouries’ Visitor Experience Team will give a moving insight into the horrors of life on the Western Front daily throughout November.

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Notes to editors

Royal Armouries is home to the national collection of arms and armour, including artillery, and has three British sites – at the Tower of London; a purpose-built museum in Leeds; and at Fort Nelson in Hampshire.