Take some time out at HOME this year to remember the fallen

PEOPLE are being encouraged to take some time on Remembrance Sunday (Nov 8) and Armistice Day (Nov 11) to honour those who lost their lives during the nation’s wars.

With the current Covid-19 restrictions in place and only small outdoor ceremonies being allowed, people can join in online, on social media or to pay their own tributes from home. Some organisations and parishes will also be streaming events and people should contact them directly for more details.

The Royal British Legion is inviting people to support and fundraise for the poppy appeal, leave a tribute on the virtual field of remembrance or to take part in the virtual poppy run.

At the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, activities online and on social media will also help families learn about the wide variety of roles performed by the Armed Forces and the importance of remembrance.

Alan White, Leader at Staffordshire County Council said: “As a former serving member of the armed forces myself, I know how special these commemorations are for both current serving and former personnel and their families.

“This year of course will be very different because of Covid-19 and the restrictions in place to control the virus. While it’s sad that we won’t be able to attend large physical services as in previous years, I would encourage people to try and find a few moments to pay tribute at home or join in with some of the online activities.

“The annual commemorations give us all a chance to pay our respect to those brave members of our armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. And, while the focus of course will be on the two World Wars, we will also be remembering those who have made sacrifices serving their Country in all conflicts.”

Staffordshire continues to have strong connections with the armed forces and is home to three Signal Regiments in Stafford, the Defence Medical Services in Whittington, as well as a large number of Reserve units and Cadets.

Staffordshire companies, organisations and groups are also being reminded about the Armed Forces Covenant and to sign up for it. Signing the covenant means that organisations are supporting their employees as reservists and veterans and benefitting from the wide range of skills and experience that the Armed Forces can bring.

By supporting the Armed Forces community, organisations will also have the opportunity to apply for a number of funding opportunities. Groups can find out how to sign a Covenant and access funding opportunities by visiting https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk. Alternatively people can email amanda.dawson-blower@staffordshire.gov.uk.

People can find out more about online activities for Remembrance Sunday at https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance


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