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Remembrance Day parade and Cenotaph service cancelled

Remembrance Day parade and Cenotaph service cancelled

Remembrance Day parade and Cenotaph service cancelled

North Lincolnshire Council have issued advice on how people can pay their respects from home this year, as Remembrance Day parades and Cenotaph services across the UK are cancelled.

Residents in North Lincolnshire are being encouraged to take part in a doorstep silence and display poppies in their windows, as part of plans which have been redesigned to honour those that have served past and present despite the ongoing pandemic.

It comes as the parade and service which usually attracts a large crowd of people at the Cenotaph in Scunthorpe has been cancelled.

Councillor Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“We will continue to commemorate and thank our armed forces for all that they do to protect us, albeit in a different way this Remembrance Day.

“To ensure our veterans and residents stay safe, we are asking people to remember at home this year, showing their support by holding a two-minute silence on their doorstep.

“At the same time we are asking residents to check on their neighbours, Covid has taught us a great deal about how we all must contribute towards the community we want to live in.

“As winter approaches, checking on our neighbours, making an extra meal, shopping for our older and more vulnerable residents should become second nature to us all. Being a good neighbour costs nothing, a kind word, a good deed.

“All those who fought in two world wars did so to give us the freedoms we have today, let us use those freedoms to support those who need it at this time.”

A two-minute doorstep silence will be observed at 11am on Remembrance Sunday, which falls on 8 November.

The silence will be observed on the council’s social media channels and there will be posts throughout the day remembering our local and national heroes, who have served in the past and those that serve today.

Church Square in Scunthorpe will be lit up in red for remembrance from 8 November to 11 November.

The Mayor of North Lincolnshire Councillor Jonathon Evison will privately lay a wreath in remembrance, alongside a representative from the Royal British Legion branch and 146 Divisional Support Company REME.

The pandemic has also led to increased restrictions in sales of poppies from shops and businesses.
The impact of this on the the amount of money raised and the support given to veterans and their loved ones could be devastating, says the organisation.
Supporters of the Armed Forces have been urged to donate to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal in new ways.
Some have suggested sponsored runs or hosting virtual fundraising events, which will also provide new ways to remember the fallen in the absence of official parades.

Ken Lloyd, President of the Royal British Legion, Scunthorpe, added:

“Although we cannot remember together in person this year, it is important to consider that in every act of remembrance, we honour the memory of the fallen and pledge to care for the living.

“Please join our two minute silence and support our poppy appeal, paying tribute to our Armed Forces heroes who gave the most so we could live our today.

“We will remember them.”

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