Remembering the fallen during the Covid pandemic
As Remembrance Day approaches, North East Lincolnshire Council have urged residents not to attend the cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.
Due to current Government coronavirus restrictions, they have released a statement suggesting that people remember fallen soldiers, sailors and airmen and women either at home or elsewhere.
But, the fallen will still be remembered.
Plans have been drawn up for a small ceremony to allow representatives from major organisations in the area to lay wreaths.
The ceremony will be much shorter than usual, with far fewer people invited.
Much of the usual ceremonial features will not be included, with cenotaph sentinels, musicians and flag bearers being dropped to allow for a strict, socially distant event.
Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, Councillor Philip Jackson, said:
“Each year people in our area show tremendous support for our serving Armed Forces members, veterans, and the fallen.
“This year will be a little different. For obvious reasons, we cannot all come together to remember.
“However you choose to remember and pay your respects to the fallen, please do so in line with the Government coronavirus guidance.”
Alex Baxter, Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Lincolnshire and Managing Director of the Armed Forces Major Events Team, added:
“It’s important that residents pay their respects in a safe and responsible way.
“We have arranged a small ceremony for specific representatives from across North East Lincolnshire. Those individuals have been invited to attend and lay a wreath.
“If you have not been invited to attend, I would encourage you to instead take a quiet moment to reflect on Remembrance Sunday, wherever you are.”
The Royal British Legion has issued advice on how people can mark Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday, whilst observing national coronavirus guidelines.