Remembrance 2020

Every year people unite in commemorating Remembrance Sunday to make sure that no-one is forgotten and to remember those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

 

On Sunday 8 November we would normally be looking to hold the annual parade for serving, veterans, uniformed groups and associated members of the armed forces to take part in the event.  Due to the social distancing measures as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have taken the difficult decision that we won’t be able to hold the event this year. We will keep the situation under review depending on future government changes and adapt in line with these, Public Health and Police advice. The law in force at the time of writing states that you must not meet in a group of more than 6, indoors or outdoors, unless you have an exception.

 

Anyone wishing to lay a wreath on behalf of their organisation should contact the Town Clerk (townclerk@hedgeend-tc.gov.uk) to be allocated a time slot to ensure social distancing is adhered to.

We strongly encourage you not to gather at the War Memorial and to ‘Remember from Home’ an initiative which is gathering pace and being supported by civic authorities. The Royal British Legion is recommending that you watch the National Service of Remembrance on television which will be broadcast live on BBC One on Sunday 8 November. On the RBL website https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance they also have ideas for how you might want to perform your own Remembrance at home or online.

 

You can also support the Royal British Legion by buying your poppies and poppy items online at the poppy shop. Due to Covid-19 many of the volunteers are unable to help at this year’s Poppy Appeal and you can assist with the distribution by becoming local Poppy appeal collectors.

 

 

Find out more here: https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/ways-to-give/poppies-in-the-post