The Chronicle

Remember them – but from home


THE Royal British Legion is encouragin­g people to safely mark Remembranc­e Sunday in a socially distanced way.

While parades and memorials may still take place, with the final decisions up to councils, many are already cancelled. The public are being urged to do their bit from home, either by watching events on television or taking part in a two-minute silence from their doorsteps at 11am on Sunday, November 8, 2020.

The Government’s guidance states there is an exemption in England’s Three-Tier Covid-19 lockdowns which will allow for Remembranc­e Sunday events, as long as precaution­s are taken, with priority for Armed Forces veterans and serving personnel to take part.

The Royal British Legion says local authoritie­s are responsibl­e for arranging any parades or events which do take place. North Tyneside Council and Sunderland City Council are among the authoritie­s which have already cancelled ncelled parades due to coronaviru­s.

The Legion is encouragin­g members to only get involved with parades and d ceremonies s which are managed by city and area councils.

The Royal British Legion says: “Despite the changes this year, we are encouragin­g people across the nations to ensure Remembranc­e Sunday is still marked appropriat­ely by taking part in remote and socially distanced Remembranc­e activity, whether that be watching the service on television or pausing for the two-minute silence in their home or on their doorsteps.” London’s Cenotaph Ceremony will be closed to the public, but a limited num number of veteran ans, members of th the Royal Family a and political le leaders will be a allowed to att attend.

Vet Veterans minister Johnn Johnny Mercer has said Remembranc­e Sunday will be “a little bit different” this year, as members of the public are urged to mark the event from home due to the coronaviru­s crisis. Former Army officer Mr Mercer said everything would be done to commemorat­e the fallen in the “correct way”.

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