Calderdale will fall silent in memory of the fallen

Remembrance Sunday - Halifax.
Remembrance Sunday - Halifax.

Calderdale will fall silent on Sunday in remembrance of the men, women and children who lost their lives in both world wars, as well as in more recent conflicts.

Scores of poignant services will be held across the district as a reminder of the millions who fell to secure and protect our freedom.

Here is your guide to remembrance services across Calderdale.at Halifax Minster.

Here is your guide to remembrance services across Calderdale.at Halifax Minster.

They exist to remember those who fought not only in world wars, but the more than 12,000 British servicemen and so men killed or injured since 1945.

And when you donate to the Royal British Legion and wear your poppy with pride, you help provide vital advice and support for thousands of modern veterans.

The historic Halifax Minster will undergo a special transformation in time for Remembrance Sunday.

The Minster, which will be at the heart of the town’s remembrance weekend commemorations, will be illuminated red in a tribute to those who lost their lives in conflict.

Vicar of Halifax, Hilary Barber, said: “We’re hoping that it will make people stop and think about why it is red and will remind them of the sacrifice that men and women gave in the past to secure our freedom of today.

“It’s a sign of respect and remembrance for the whole month as it will stay until the end of November.

“Each year we remember the personal cost of war. Whether it’s World War One, World War Two, or the Battle of Waterloo, which involved the Duke of Wellington regiment.

“We are mindful of the men and women who put their lives in great danger for us.”

Halifax hero Emma Pack helped to launch this year’s poppy appeal in London, when she was one of 15 veterans to parade through London to deliver the first poppy to the Prime Minister.

Speaking to the Courier, Ms Pack said: “I honestly believe the Legion saved my life. I was in a very desperate situation and the team really helped me out.”

She was left suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after a tour of Iraq in 2003 and since leaving the army she has suffered with back problems which have confined her to a wheelchair.

Ms Pack reached out to the British Legion for help and they paid for a mobility vehicle and helped to find her a new place to live. “Now I’ve got a much brighter outlook on life.

“The legion gave me the boost I needed to get my life back on track,” Ms Pack added.

Thanks to the generosity of the British public, the legion has been able to answer more than 450,000 calls like this one in the last year.

Charles Byrne, director of fundraising at the Royal British Legion, said: “The legion’s work is entirely dependent on the public’s support - so please wear your poppy with pride, knowing that you are helping the Armed Forces community to live on.”