Pay your respects at home plea as Solihull Remembrance Sunday goes online. - The Solihull Observer

Pay your respects at home plea as Solihull Remembrance Sunday goes online.

Solihull Editorial 27th Oct, 2020   0

SOLIHULL’S Remembrance Sunday commemorations will be streamed online this year in line with current local lockdown rules.

This year is the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and to mark the occasion Solihull Mayor, Councillor Stuart Davis and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant will lay a wreath during a short service which will be pre-record.

The service will then be on the Council’s website, YouTube and Facebook from 10:55 a.m. on November 8.

The Mayor of Solihull and Coun Alison Rolf, cabinet member for stronger communities and the Council’s armed forces champion, also asks others not to hold alternate services.

A statement said: “Remembrance Sunday is an emotional time of year. We understand why people would want to gather at a War Memorial to pay their respects to those who served in the forces, especially in the two World Wars.

“As the Mayor and the Council’s armed forces champion, we both recognise that you will still want to commemorate this day and we want to help you to do this safely.

“We recommend that in order to mark Remembrance Sunday this year with dignity, respect and in a way that is safe for you and your family, you remember those who served in your heart and in your home rather than at a War Memorial.”

The Royal British Legion asks Silhillians not to put themselves or other vulnerable people at risk by holding a public event, march or parade.

The charity has suggested a number of ways people can participate in the day including observing the national two minutes’ silence and viewing local broadcasts, pictures and social media coverage, making a poppy to display in your window, have a Remembrance Service in the garden or creating a community Remembrance forum to share different ’ stories.

However the council appreciates that some members of the public will want to lay wreaths.

Residents are asked to avoid going to memorials across the borough at 11am on either Remembrance Sunday (November 8) or Armistice Day (November 11) to prevent groups of people gathering in one place.

For more contact Kate Bunting on 0121 704 6958 or [email protected]


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