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Remembrance Day 2020: How to remember our Glorious Dead in a Covid-secure way this year

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A number of events have been scaled back or cancelled this year due to coronavirus. However, Remembrance Day will go ahead, albeit a little differently this year, due to social distancing restrictions, as bans on large gatherings remain in place. Remembrance Day is an opportunity every year to remember those who served and died in World War Two, as well as those who have served and defended the nation in years since.

Every year Remembrance Day is marked on November 11 by a number of public events and ceremonies every year.

But this year people are being encouraged to commemorate the day at home, with the annual 11am service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on November 8 closed to the public for 2020.

While Remembrance Day may look a little different this year, there are still plenty of ways people can commemorate the sacrifices of veterans and service personnel this November.

The Royal British Legion will still be running its annual Poppy Appeal in 2020, and there are other ways you can mark the day in a covid-secure way.

The Royal British Legion’s director of fundraising Claire Rowcliffe said: “Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic undoubtedly makes running the appeal more difficult, the additional hardships it has brought about means our work is now more vital than ever.

“The pandemic has had a devastating impact on people’s livelihoods and way of life, leaving some in the armed forces community in dire need of urgent help and support.”

She added: “Every poppy makes a difference to the lives of our armed forces community.

“Whilst you may have to do something different to support the Poppy Appeal this year, every poppy counts so we’re asking people to please support us in any way you can.”

How to mark Remembrance Day in a covid-secure way

The Royal British Legion will be running its Poppy Appeal this year, meaning supporters can still donate and get a poppy at supermarkets and shops across the UK.

But people can also request for poppies to be sent in the post, or to be delivered to friends and families while restrictions are still in place.

The Royal British Legion has also included a number of ways you can mark Remembrance Day in a covid-secure way from home this year on its website.

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One suggestion involves holding a small Remembrance service in your garden, sticking to the Government’s rule of six/support bubble guidelines.

You could also create a Remembrance space in your garden, and plant flowers and plants linked to Remembrance.

And as many of us have already discovered video call software during the pandemic, why not host your own Remembrance service or activity?

The Royal British Legion also suggests you can “create an online exhibition of Remembrance related photos from local residents that schools or others could use to discuss local Remembrance activities.”

The Royal British Legion adds: “Do an online interview with a local veteran or someone currently serving to discuss what service and sacrifice means to them.

“You could send people the link and create an online audience.”

You can also consider sending a letter of Remembrance to active service personnel or veterans.

Further ideas are available on the Royal British Legion website HERE. 

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