HUNDREDS of serving members of the Armed forced joined up with war veterans to mark Remembrance Sunday in the city today.
A parade, from Sunderland Civic Centre to the city’s War Memorial in Burdon Road, was led by the Band of TS Collingwood, South Shields Sea Cadets and the Bearpark and Esh Colliery Band.
A number of units taking part in this year’s parade included the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, 4th Regiment Royal Artillery, 9th Army Air Corps and 1st Battalion Royal Electrical.
Mechanical Engineers (REME), Guards 25 Platoon and the 2nd Infantry Training Battalion also joined the parade.
Ted Hold, president of the Sunderland Branch of the Parachute Regimental Association, recited the first four verses of the famous war poem ‘For the Fallen’ before the two minute silence at 11am.
Veteran Len Gibson, a member of 125 Anti Tank Regiment Royal Artillery and a prisoner of war on the notorious ‘Death Railway’, recited the Far Eastern Prisoner of War Prayer before laying the wreath.
The parade culminated with a march past veterans and serving members of Her Majesty’s Forces, with a salute taken outside the steps of the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens in Borough Road.
The Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Stuart Porthouse, said: “Remembrance Sunday is an opportunity for everyone in Sunderland to pay tribute to those who fought in conflicts past and present, and the many who gave up their lives for their country.
“This year is all the more poignant, marking as it does the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
“The commemorative events and activities many of us have attended have been a reminder of the scale of sacrifice made by so many in the service of our country.
“It’s also really important that we use this occasion to honour the servicemen and women of today, how we let them know how much we value what they do, and how re recognise and appreciate the sacrifices they make on our behalf.
“The sad loss of young men from this city who have lost their lives in recent conflicts will be especially close to our hearts as we remember all those who have paid the ultimate price.”