Acts of Remembrance across the Epping Forest district will be very different this year due to Covid restrictions.
While the usual parades and commemoration services are cancelled, wreaths will still be laid on memorials around the district, in a socially distanced manner.
The Royal British Legion (RBL) and Epping Forest District Council are actively encouraging local people to pay their respects from home, either by watching events on television or taking part in a 2-minute silence from their doorsteps at 11am on Sunday 8 November 2020.
We can still pay our respects
Cllr Helen Kane, Chairman of Council said:
Despite the challenges we are facing this year we can still pay our respects and ensure public safety.
Fellow Councillors and myself will lay wreaths on all the usual war memorials and for the first time Epping Forest District Council Civic Offices will be lit in red at night from Saturday 7 November through to Armistice Day on Wednesday 11 November.
Buy a Poppy
Poppies will be on sale, but many volunteers are unable to assist this year and reduced footfall in high streets means Poppy Appeal income is at real risk.
Poppies are available in many supermarkets but it’s possible to get your poppy from home through the Royal British Legion’s (RBL) approved online sellers, Amazon and eBay or donations can be made online.
Alternative suggestions for Acts of Remembrance
The RBL has some alternative suggestions for Acts of Remembrance this year:
- Have a small Remembrance service in your garden and if you can, create a small Remembrance space by planting plants that have a connection to Remembrance
- Open an online book of Remembrance that family, friends and others can sign as a mark of Remembrance
- Write letters of Remembrance to veterans or serving personnel
Find more Remembrance ideas on the Royal British Legion website.
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