Published On: Sun, Nov 9th, 2014 on 3:10 pm

History made in Halifax on Remembrance Sunday

Halifax Remembrance Sunday

The parade sets off from Town Hall

Halifax Remembrance Sunday

Gatherers outside the Cenotaph

Halifax Remembrance Sunday

Laying wreaths

Halifax Remembrance Sunday

Wreaths lain in memory of the fallen

Halifax Remembrance Sunday

(l-r) Yvette Kenyon and West Yorkshire Korean veterans chair Dennis Cragg

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German and British soldiers have marched side-by-side for the first time in Halifax for its Remembrance Day parade.

The German soldiers, from garrisons around Halifax’s twin town Aachen, joined members of the Yorkshire Regiment and the Royal British Legion for the parade.

The idea came from Vicar of Halifax, Canon Hilary Barber and the invitation extended to the German Ministry of Defence by Bishop of Wakefield Tony Robinson, Calderdale Council and the British Ministry of Defence.

The Rev Canon Barber said: “Sometimes you have to take risks for the greater peace of the world and it is thanks to relationships like the Halifax-Aachen link that we have had relative peace in Europe for the last 70 years. If we sit back and do nothing we do so at our peril.

“Living in the 21st century, we have to learn to live and co-exist side-by-side with people from many different cultures and backgrounds. The people of Halifax have built this friendship with the people of Aachen for over 60 years, and it’s because of this that we’ve overcome our feelings of enmity and bitterness.”

The project received the backing of both the British and German governments, as well as from the Royal British Legion who said the inclusion of German soldiers within the parade was ‘long overdue’.

Police mounted on horses led the parade that started off outside Halifax Town Hall, culminating with a service and the laying of wreaths at the Halifax Cenotaph at 10.45am.

A two-minute silence was observed, and a service of Remembrance was held in the Minster at 11.15am.

Those present included a delegation representing the Lutheran Church, civic leaders, the German government and the German consulate.

More photographs were taken by our photographer/reporter. They will be available to view and buy here.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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  1. Ed Woodhouse says:

    Excellent that you covered this respect.

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