BABERGH AND MID SUFFOLK DISTRICT COUNCILS MEDIA RELEASE

Residents urged to stay safe and observe Remembrance at home

 

For immediate release: 5 November 2020

The chairs of Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils have urged residents in their districts to commemorate Remembrance Sunday, on 8 November, safely from home.

 

Public commemorations had been planned across both districts to mark Remembrance Sunday on 8 November, together with Armistice Day on Wednesday 11 November, but the lockdown in place from today means that public attendance at Remembrance events is no longer possible

Some local events have been scaled back and will continue – by invitation only – to ensure they can take place in a Covid-secure way.

But even if we can no longer take part in person, it is important that everyone in Babergh and Mid Suffolk is able to commemorate this significant date in other safe ways.

Residents can mark Remembrance Sunday by pausing for the national two minute silence at 11am, watching the Cenotaph service on television, listening to BBC Radio Suffolk’s live broadcast from the war memorial at Christchurch Park – or join other local services online.

The Royal British Legion has also shared alternative ways to honour the great sacrifice of the fallen, along with our Armed Forces, including:

  • Using Zoom, Facebook or another online meeting resource to host or participate in an online Remembrance service or activity.
  • Creating an online exhibition of Remembrance related photos from residents that schools or others could use to discuss local Remembrance activities.
  • Writing letters of Remembrance to veterans or serving personnel.

 

Cllr Kathryn Grandon, chair of Babergh District Council, said:

“This year’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations might not be everything we had planned, but we can still remember the brave men and women who gave their lives, in the face of extreme danger, to protect our country. Those sacrifices saved lives then, as we must all do now by staying at home.

“Honouring the memory of lost loved ones and heroes doesn’t stop because of the virus, however we must think of others and follow the latest Government advice on staying at home. We can still come together virtually to share stories, observe the two minute silence at 11am and enjoy the televised service. We might not feel free now, but it is temporary and soon we will return to the world that they created for us, through their selflessness.”

 

Cllr Barry Humphreys MBE, chair of Mid Suffolk District Council, said:

Having served in the military myself, I appreciate how disappointing it is that the public commemorations planned to mark Remembrance Sunday, and Armistice Day on 11 November, can no longer go ahead. However, this will not stop us from honouring the fallen and those who paid the ultimate price to defend the freedom and liberties we hold dear today.

“Please join our districts in a two-minute silence at 11am on Sunday – an opportunity to reflect on those who lost their lives to ensure that others did not. We must take inspiration from their selflessness, as we continue to Stick With It Suffolk, following guidance to slow the spread of the virus, whilst finding new ways to celebrate occasions such as this safely.”

 

COVID-19 has also resulted in the Legion’s 2020 Poppy Appeal moving online, but families can still show their support and get involved by downloading and colouring in a Remembrance Poppy to display in their window.