Residents Urged to Stay Home this Remembrance Day

Published: Friday, 30 October 2020

Residents of Oadby and Wigston Borough are being asked to stay home on Remembrance Sunday this year and find other ways to honour those who served and sacrificed themselves in the line of duty.

In line with national government guidance on social distancing, most events across the country have been scaled back or cancelled.

On Sunday November 8 and Wednesday November 11 we will be recognising this event virtually on our social media platforms.

There will be no services or parades November 11 to commemorate Armistice Day.

The Mayor of Oadby and Wigston, Councillor Lynda Eaton said: “It is very disappointing and a shame that we cannot all come together to commemorate Remembrance Day this year.

“However, it is so important that we give our thanks to all who served and died for our country and honour those veterans and actively serving members of the armed forces, and even more important that we do so from the safety of our own homes.

We will be sharing our virtual events schedule here shortly.

Alternative Ways to Celebrate

The Royal British Legion have shared a number of alternative ways for residents to commemorate Remembrance Day from home, including creating a Remembrance space in your garden by planting plants that have a connection to Remembrance, using Zoom, Facebook or another online meeting resources to host an online Remembrance service or activity or create an online exhibition of Remembrance related photos from local residents that schools or others could use to discuss local Remembrance activities

Full details of information and resources can be found on the Royal British Legion website: www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance.

Covid-19 has also meant that the Legion’s 2020 Poppy Appeal has had to go online, but families can still get involved by downloading and colouring in a Remembrance Poppy to display in their window as a show of support. Visit http://bit.ly/PoppyAppeal2020

The Council is keen to gather and share photos, videos, stories and artwork of residents commemorating Remembrance 2020 from their home to help capture the occasion. People can tag the Council in their celebrations on Twitter @oadby_wigston or Facebook: www.facebook.com/OadbyWigstonBC.

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