Manchester Remembers The Fallen – Lest We Forget
28th July 1914 – Austria declared war on Serbia
30th July 1914 – Russia mobilised their troops and sent to the frontier
31st July 1914 – Germany told Russia to send its troops home or face the consequences
1st August 1914 – Germany declared war on Russia
3rd August 1914 – Germany declared war on France and sent troops into Belgium, Britain told Germany to remove troops from Belgium – a final warning. Germany did not.
4th August 1914 – Britain and her Empire declared war on Germany – World War 1 began
2014 marks one hundred years since the outbreak of World War One and Manchester prepares to pay tribute to the hero’s who sacrificed their lives for us all and to reflect on the current conflicts where many men and women are still risking their lives.
Remembrance Sunday on November 9th 2014 will bring Manchester together to commemorate and pay their respects to servicemen and women who lost their lives in one of the most atrocious conflicts in history. The poppy is a symbol of the blood which was shed across the vast amount of battlefields in the First World War and in fact, ironically across the battlefields of Flanders, these beautiful poppies bloomed and have since been an emblem to remember men and women who died in the line of duty.
The Manchester parade starts at 10.15am where The Lord Mayor of Manchester and Councilor Susan Cooley will lead the procession ahead of military bands, the Greater Manchester Police band, members of the armed forces, ex-service organisations, civil dignitaries, uniformed organisations and faith leaders will travel from the Radisson Hotel along Peter St. The service will commence at 10.55am and will be followed by a two minute silence at 11am to represent the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 when hostilities finally ceased. The procession will then continue to Manchester Town Hall and a further march past Albert Square before wreaths are laid at the Manchester war memorial site.
Services and parades will be echoed across the rest of Greater Manchester, in Salford, Bolton, Bury, Oldham and many other districts, all taking the time to pay tribute to those who died or who were affected by the devastating ramifications of the Great War and salute Armistice Day, which is officially Tuesday 11th November.