Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day are especially important this year as we remember others who have given so much in the most difficult times.
This year our service will be held on Zoom and we hope as many people as possible will join us. If you have a computer, tablet or smartphone that can receive emails it is easy to join in. We can send you a link and all you need to do is click to email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can join from 10.20am. The service will start at 10.30 sharp and we will encourage everyone to go out and stand in silence on your doorstop at 11.00am, then complete the service.
Afterwards a wreath will be laid at the war memorial, but this must be done in private.
There will be a short Service of All Souls in St. Peter’s Church on Saturday 31st October at 5.00pm; this will be taken by Lay Reader, Maxine Johnson. This service is to remember departed loved ones whether many years ago or recent.
During the service, the names of all those who have been put forward will be read out and there will be an opportunity to light a candle in memory of your family member or friend. If you want a member of your family or close friend to be remembered please email or phone Maxine with the details, or drop a note through her door.
COVID-19 Guidance – Please advise via Direct Message if you would like to attend as we need to know in advance. You can also contact Maxine Johnson directly, on 01858 545 745 or by email on email@example.com
If you use the Track and Trace App on your phone, the QR code is on display in church, otherwise, you will have to sign in for us upon arrival.
You must wear a mask or face covering at all times (unless permitted otherwise) and only sit in the designated seats. Hand sanitizer is available upon entry to the building.
On Saturday 15 August at 5pm, Leicester Cathedral will broadcast a Service of Commemoration to mark the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day – the day Japan surrendered, bringing to an end the Second World War. This is a pre-recorded service as it is not possible to hold the service as planned in the Cathedral itself.
As part of the service HRH The Duke of Gloucester, as Patron of the National Far East Prisoners of War Fellowship Welfare Remembrance Association, will read an Extract from The Speech of King George VI, 15 August 1945. The service will be led by The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester, and the sermon will be given by The Rt Revd Martyn Snow, Bishop of Leicester. The Rt Revd Guli Francis-Dehqani, Bishop of Loughborough, will lead prayers. The service will pay grateful tribute to all who served in the Far East Campaign between 1941–1945, who endured great hardships and became known as ‘the forgotten army’. This service will ensure they are not forgotten with an Act of Remembrance including the laying of a wreath and silence. The Bishop of Leicester will also invite those of us in today’s age to continue to strive for peace in an Act of Commitment.
The county of Leicestershire and city of Leicester has particular reason to commemorate the service of the troops in the Far East campaign, as the Leicestershire Regiment was a key player. It was in recognition of the Regiment’s outstanding service in the Far East and other theatres of war that King George VI awarded it the title of the Royal Leicester Regiment in 1946.
As well as the online Cathedral service, in Leicestershire, the City and County Councils, together with the Lieutenancy Office, the Royal Tigers’ Association and the Children of Far East Prisoners of War (COFEPOW), have been working together to create a website honouring local veterans. This can be found at: https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/VJDay75