20th Apr, 2021

Solihull marks Remembrance Sunday at home

Sarah Mason 9th Nov, 2020 Updated: 10th Nov, 2020

SOLIHULL residents marked Remembrance Sunday by privately paying their respects at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

From socially distanced acts of remembrance outside of churches and cenotaphs to wreath laying and silent doorstep tributes and window displays the borough paid their respects to the fallen.

The usual commemorations and parades at cenotaph monuments and churches across the county had to be cancelled because of the Covid-19 restrictions.

But it didn’t stop residents privately marking their own two-minute silence at 11am in memory of those killed during past conflicts.

Reverend Simon Marshall lead an online service from St Alphege war memorial alongside the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Stuart Davis and Deputy Lieutenant Chris Loughran.

The usual-packed square had just three solitary figures with two buglers from Solihull School.

An 87-year-old resident, who did not wish to be named, at Arden Grange Retirement Living knitted a floral tribute in honour of servicemen and women.

Only two wreaths were laid during the service, however following this West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, laid a wreath and others from organisations were also laid.

Across the borough including in Knowle, Chelmsley Wood and Castle Bromwich, wreaths and crosses were laid in honour of the fallen.

Solihull library had an online memorial which featured pictures from residents of war heroes from all conflicts.

Mr Jamieson tweeted: “Remembering those who served and paid and ultimate price for our freedoms at Solihull war memorial this morning.”

Smiths Wood and Castle Bromwich police tweeted: “Lest We Forget, they gave their lives for us to protect ours and for that we are forever grateful for both their and their #family‚Äôs sacrifice. Everyday we remember what they have done for us but today we pay our respects.”

 

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