Remembrance Sunday - but not as we know it!

Man in a suit lays a wreath on a cenotaph for remembrance day in Bolsover.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, this year's Remembrance Sunday Ceremony on the 8th of November will look and feel a little different.

While we all understand the significance of this event, our main priority, as always, is to keep everyone safe. We appreciate that some will want to come to the Cenotaph to pay their respects, but this year we encourage as many people as possible to stay at home and watch the BBC's Act of Remembrance from the Cenotaph in London.

In light of the restrictions, Bolsover's church service and parade will be suspended this year. In its place will be a short wreath-laying service with two minutes of silence at the Cenotaph. We will have a handful of people present to observe the two minutes silence and two wreaths will be laid. Anybody wishing to pay their respects by laying wreaths should not to attend at 11am on Remembrance Sunday but to come along at other times between Sunday and Wednesday to lay the wreath or cross privately. Please can you ensure that you bring sanitiser wipes with you to open and close the gate at the war memorial and avoid directly touching the surfaces.

Although the event will be restricted, we would encourage as many people as possible to get involved.

Here are a few things you can do to help show your respect...

  • Hold a two minutes silence at 11 am at home or on your doorstep.
  • Decorate your house, window, gate or fence with poppies and other remembrance day memorabilia.
  • Instead of visiting the Cenotaph on the 8th of November, why not visit during the week following Remembrance Sunday to pay your respects. This will help keep numbers to a minimum by spreading visitors over a more extended period of days. However, it is still imperative that everyone visiting follows the Government guidelines on social distancing.
  • Kids get creative - we have some great poppy pictures and memorabilia on this website that you can download and colour in, which you can then place in your windows.
  • The link from the Royal British Legion includes a recording of the last post, two minutes silence and reveille. https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/about-remembrance/act-of-remembrance

Let's not let Covid-19 stop us from remembering. It's our own individual acts that ultimately unites us all. Hopefully, next year, we will join back together and remember our brave heroes as we should.

Posted: Fri, 23 Oct 2020 13:00 by Ronan Smith

Tags: Events, Remembrance Day