Changes to Remembrance Sunday service due to lockdown restrictions
Published on 4th November 2020
Due to the lockdown restrictions recently announced by central government, changes have been made to the way Cheltenham Borough Council will be marking Remembrance Sunday on Sunday 8 November 2020.
Cheltenham will be honouring the sacrifice of those in both the First and Second World Wars, as well as those still serving in the armed forces today on Remembrance Sunday. To ensure public safety, a short, closed service will be held at the War Memorial featuring the Mayor of Cheltenham and a standard bearer from the Royal British Legion. They will lay a wreath and observe the two-minute’s silence at 11am to honour the sacrifice of those in both the First and Second World Wars, as well as those still serving in the armed forces today.
A small number of specially invited wreath bearers will attend to lay wreaths in two-minute intervals to ensure social distancing. There will also be no singing or musical performances.
Members of the public are encouraged to stay at home and watch the ceremony online where it will be livestreamed on the Cheltenham Borough Council YouTube channel. The council would be pleased to see how households are remembering and commemorating at home; please share photos on social media and tag Cheltenham Borough Council.
Councillor Roger Whyborn, Mayor of Cheltenham said: “75 years on from the end of the Second World War, it seemed to us especially important to remember those who sacrificed with their lives, to uphold the values of freedom and democracy, in spite of the practical limitations created in 2020 by coronavirus. Freedom and democracy are things we value and prize, and must never take for granted.”
Royal British Legion Cheltenham Chairman Roy Roberts commented: “Now more than ever, when we are unable to gather as normal in our thousands on the Promenade, it is all the more important that those of us who are able, stand in silence to honour those who gave their lives for our freedom, whilst also thinking of those still affected by conflict who live amongst us.”
Members of the public who wish to lay a wreath at the War Memorial, or pay their respects in their own way, are invited to do so in their own time and if they are able to take a photo and post to social media, tagging Cheltenham Borough Council, the council can ‘like and share’ through their channels.
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