Villagers in Moorlands prepare Remembrance Day tribute

RESIDENTS of a Staffordshire Moorlands village are not letting coronavirus stand in their way from marking Remembrance Day this year.

Endon Parish Council is planning to honour those killed in conflict with poppies and music.

The council is compiling a soundtrack listing the names of the fallen from the parish and will play it on Sunday (Nov 8).

It will be followed by the traditional playing of the Last Post, a two-minute silence and "appropriate words and music".

There is display of poppies throughout Endon village and also a poppy blanket made by local schoolchildren.

People across the Staffordshire Moorlands are being asked to mark Remembrance Sunday safely from their homes this year as efforts to control the spread of coronavirus continue.

To comply with the guidance and measures in place to try and bring infection rates down, people are advised to remember at home, rather than attend cenotaphs and memorials as they might otherwise have done.

Councillor Sybil Ralphs MBE, Leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, said: "Remembrance events are at the heart of how the nation honours our Armed Forces past and present and, despite the restrictions we're all facing at this time, here in the Moorlands we've worked collaboratively to ensure that that won't change this year.

"But instead of attending services and laying wreaths in person we're asking people to remember at home to help protect yourselves and those you care about during the health pandemic.

"Our homes have become places to celebrate and mark the enormous contribution and sacrifices of so many people - in the Spring we all regularly took to our doorsteps to clap for our NHS - so it seems natural at this time that we honour our Armed Forces heroes in the same way.

"People can show their support by joining others across the UK by watching the national service on television and marking the two minutes' silence from their front doors, buying and wearing poppies and displaying poppies, poster and drawings in their windows".



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