Residents in Stafford Borough are being asked to ‘remember at home’ on one of the most poignant days of the year.
Remembrance Sunday in Stafford usually attracts thousands into the town to take part in a short service, with wreaths laid at the Borough War Memorial, followed by a parade of local servicemen and women.
Organisers took the decision not to go ahead with the planned service on Sunday for public safety reasons due to Covid-19. The Mayor of Stafford Borough, Councillor Gareth Jones, laid a wreath this week at the memorial in a quiet, dignified ceremony - before new national lockdown measures came into force.
The Royal British Legion is encouraging people to mark Remembrance Sunday appropriately by taking part in remote and socially distanced activity, whether that be watching the service on television or pausing for the Two Minute Silence in their home or on their doorsteps.
Council Leader, Patrick Farrington, said: “It is very sad not to have the traditional Remembrance Sunday service at the Borough War Memorial. It is one of the most poignant dates in our calendar and I will echo the call from the Royal British Legion and ask our community to please mark this day and ‘remember from home’ this Sunday.
“Brave men and women gave their lives in conflicts across the world to keep us safe and this must never be forgotten. The most important thing at this period in our lives is to keep our residents safe and do all we can to reduce the opportunities for this virus to spread.”
Press Release No 5691