Residents are being encouraged to mark our military veterans on their doorsteps this Remembrance Sunday.
Everyone is urged to stand on their doorstep at 11am on Sunday 8th November to observe the national two-minute silence for those who have served our country. This is in place of the normal Remembrance Sunday Services which take place at cenotaphs and war memorials across the borough.
The collective recognition is a way to bring the community together safely and not impact on the restrictions the borough is under, to help stop the spread of Covid-19 in the community. The council is working with veteran groups across the borough on the alternative plans to mark Remembrance Sunday.
Councillor Anthony Burns, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure, Libraries and Culture, said: “Remembrance Sunday is normally a time where our veteran community and their families come together to honour those who have served in the Armed Forces for our borough. It’s hugely important to them and many of us to have this opportunity to remember and thank them for their service. But this year it is only right that we look at an alternative way to do this with the restrictions stopping us from holding public events where social distancing cannot be followed.
“We know it may disappoint some but with our rates of infection high and continuing to rise everyone has a role to play in reducing the risk of transmission. If you do still want to place your memorial at your local Cenotaph or war memorial please do this over the course of the weekend rather than on Sunday morning so that we can reduce the risk of large numbers turning out to pay their own personal tribute at the same time.
“As a council we will also have a Remembrance video available online including the readings from our veterans you would expect at the traditional service so that we keep as many of the traditions that mean so much continuing but in a safe way.”
Residents are also encouraged to display a poppy in their window at home to mark the day and lamppost poppies will be distributed in certain areas of every ward in the borough.