Because England went into a new national lockdown from Thursday 5 November, we are discouraging people from attending the Service and asking them to watch the National Service from their own homes.
Although for safety reasons, services are unable to take place in their usual format, there are a range of other ways people will be able to commemorate both Remembrance Sunday 8 November and Remembrance Day itself on Wednesday 11 November.
In common with other parts of the country, COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Torbay. To help prevent the spread of the virus, the Council has made the decision not to undertake a full Remembrance Service and Parade this year at the War Memorial in Princess Gardens, Torquay. Instead, there will be no Parade and we will be holding a small Service by invite only with limited representatives, who will lay a wreath during the service.
To ensure everyone’s safety we will be discouraging people from attending the Service and asking them to watch the National Service from their own homes.
Ways you can commemorate Remembrance Sunday at home
Virtual Field of Remembrance – You can leave your own online tribute on the Royal British Legion’s Virtual Field of Remembrance. rbl.org.uk/virtualfield
Watch the national Service of Remembrance on TV – Usually around 10,000 people pay their respects at the Cenotaph but his will be a closed event this year and the government has asked people to stay away due to Coronavirus. It will, however, be televised live on Remembrance Sunday 8 November BBC1, ITV and Sky News including the minute’s silence at 11am.
Take part in the Two Minute Silence on your doorstep – In a similar way that people were encouraged to ‘clap for carers’ earlier in the year during the lockdown, Royal British Legion are encouraging people to mark the Two Minute Silence on their doorstep.
Donate to Royal British Legion online and download a poppy poster – You can donate on the Royal British Legion’s website and download an A4 poppy poster.
Information on COVID-19 and the national lockdown is available on the Government website.
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