Remembrance Sunday 8 November 2020
26 June 2020 at 8:56am
I am interested to hear of early thoughts/ideas for marking Remembrance Sunday. I would normally arrange a large scale service and parade attended by local dignitaries, representatives of the armed forces groups, cadets with a large public gathering. I appreciate the guidance is changing on a very regular basis but would be interested to hear of ideas to mark this occasion in an alternative way.
26 June 2020 at 9:15am
On speaking to my local RBL there will only be a small number of wreaths laid and no parade. We are therefore looking at trying to light the Civic Offices in red and display a large poppy on the main entrance to the building.
26 June 2020 at 12:50pm
I'm still planning as normal but also looking at options to live stream a smaller event if restrictions return. If you look at the RBL web site https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/remembrance-events/remembrance-sunday they say "Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are continually reviewing our events and to ensure better clarity on the situation in November, the Legion will communicate its full plans for this year’s Cenotaph dispersal in early autumn" i think its still a moving target as last year we had over 2000 members of the public attending ours.
29 June 2020 at 10:46am
I have been advised to hold fire until the end of July and then discuss further with management. We will more than likely do a church service, followed by the wreath laying - but not send out lots of invitations, let people decide for themselves if they wish to attend. Hopefully will have a further update in 4wks time.
29 June 2020 at 12:36pm
I am also interested to hear of early thoughts/ideas for marking Remembrance Sunday.
Like you we hold a large scale service and parade attended by local dignitaries, representatives of the armed forces groups, cadets and veterans with around 5,000 public gathering in Plymouth.
As a military port, I will be in discussion with our Royal Naval colleagues to find alternative options. One idea; is to hold the whole ceremony in the military forecourt inviting only the wreath layers, RN Band representatives from the military groups, cadets and veterans for this to be televised or broadcast live on social media inviting local dignitaries and members of the public "to remember" at home. Our Memorials are already lit up at night.
Another thought being given some consideration is whether a wreath should be laid on behalf of the Black Lives Matter campaign. Has anyone given this any consideration? This maybe an opportunity to highlight the contribution of BAME veterans, whose stories may be interwoven with local regiments or into the service.
I would be interested in your views and happy to share.
17 July 2020 at 1:27pm
Our Remembrance Service is expected to be select group of invited guests to lay wreaths. For Armistice we are looking at recording video messages from out Mayor and RBL chair.
17 July 2020 at 2:07pm
We are being led by our RBL branch as they are awaiting a direction from the RBL Headquarters regarding arrangements.
5 August 2020 at 10:16am
I would be interested in hearing further thoughts and ideas since some time has passed since the original post of this topic.
We are thinking about doing a live stream of the event, although I can't envisage a parade happening this year or our town band being present. We would invite representatives of each group, standard bearers and wreath layers only but would still have the usual safety provisions we have every year. Even if we advise the public to not attend there will still be many who wish to come and pay their respects; all we can say to them is that they do so responsibly by wearing face coverings and by socially distancing, but we would strongly advocate to 'remember from home' this year.