Players, supporters and special guests from the Armed Services joined the Remembrance Day commemorations at Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
Kick-off in the Premiership Rugby Cup game against Sale Sharks followed the service on the pitch at Mattioli Woods Welford Road as Tigers marked the club’s close historic military links.
Dignitaries and special guests included Lieutenant General Ralph Wooddisse and Colonel Martin Romilly, while the club also welcomed representatives of the Royal Anglian Regiment, Leicestershire Regiment, Royal British Legion, the Flying Tigers, and Seaforth Highlanders Band.
They gathered for The Exhortation, recited by Colonel Murray Colville, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, followed by playing of The Last Post by bugler John Lee and a period of silence in honour of the fallen.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
The Epitaph was delivered by Captain Bob Allen.
When you go home, tell them of us and say,
For your tomorrow, we gave our today.
The Leicester Tigers Foundation has plans for a monument on the plaza outside the North Stand to honour and recognise the former players who served in conflict, with its inauguration scheduled for the completion of the hotel development work on that side of the stadium in the new year.