Remembrance Sunday: how to get involved in 2020

Remembrance Sunday in a pandemic will be different

It seems like most special occasions this year have been slightly different. And although large celebrations and gatherings have been postponed, it feels like we’ve upped the anti when it comes to making an extra effort. 

Halloween was a triumph for most (despite the lockdown announcement that fell in the middle)– even without the trick or treating. Uniting in the Thursday clap for the NHS in the summer. And VE Day celebrations with socially distanced street parties up and down the country.

Remembrance Sunday doesn’t have to be any different. We can, and should, still pay our respects. After all, the National Service of Remembrance has been held every year for almost 100 years. This is where the Act of Remembrance is recited – followed by the Last Post and a two minute silence:

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

How to mark Remembrance Sunday during the pandemic  

Take part in the two minute silence – For the first time, we have been asked not to gather at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. Instead the service will take place privately and be broadcast to the nation on the BBC. The two minute silence will take place at 11am. Many employers will arrange for a stop to any unnecessary activity during this time, so that staff who wish to participate can do so without disruption. 

Take part in My Poppy Run – A virtual event where you can use your daily lockdown exercise time to run, jog or walk – and raise some funds with friends and family with a Just Giving page. 

Wear your poppy with pride – During WW1, our beautiful landscapes transformed into barren fields of mud due to the battles and repeated bombing. Unbelievably, amongst all the chaos, striking fields of red poppies grew and brought colour and hope. In 1915, a Canadian Lieutenant who was moved by this sight wrote the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. It was then that the poppy was adopted as a symbol of remembrance across the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. The Poppy Appeal in 1921 raised £106,000 to a help our veterans, and it continues today. 

Teach your kids – This BBC short says it all so beautifully. Get ready for the goosebumps at the end!  For older children – who may want more details, you could talk about your own family history or use these resources suitable for all key stages. 

Make a donation – The British Legion’s work is more important than ever as they continue to show support for all generations who are struggling as a result of Covid-19.  It’s quick and easy to show your support here. Go on, do it now.

However you decide to show your respect – this Sunday November 8th, please stay home and stay safe. 

From everyone at Public Practice Recruitment Ltd, we will remember with gratitude all of those who sacrificed so much for our freedom. Thank you. 

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