West Suffolk Council is ensuring that Remembrance events will still go ahead in a Covid-19 safe way and that the community has ways they can still “Remember Them.”
Despite the new Covid-19 guidance that came into force on Thursday, some acts of remembrance can be held but no church services. Government has released specific guidance for organisations marking Remembrance Sunday type events.
Following national guidance, already scheduled events in Bury St Edmunds will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8, but with restrictions to help protect vulnerable veterans and reduce the spread of infection.
Sadly, the normal parade through the town centre will not be taking place, and the events that are being held will be by invitation only, with social distancing in place.
Instead, people are asked to mark the occasions themselves and support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
The council is aware events are being organised in communities to enable people to commemorate, and the Royal British Legion website has a number of ideas that people can use to mark the occasion, including displaying poppies and having your own two-minute silence on their doorstep.
An event is due to be held tomorrow, Saturday, November 7, in the Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds which will be invite only.
The following day, West Suffolk Council, in consultation with the Royal British Legion and RAF Honington, are hosting a small wreath laying event. Guidance may change and therefore details or the events could also.
John Griffiths, leader of West Suffolk Council, said: “It is important that we continue to mark Remembrance and to give our thanks to the fallen and those who have served us so heroically. We owe them all and we also have a duty to help and protect our veterans, many who are very vulnerable, and enable them to take part in remembrance events while reducing the risk of the spread of Covid-19. To make sure this can happen, we have followed national guidance. “Understandably we all want to pay our respects but it is important that everyone does their bit in our fight against COVID-19 and only attends these events in person if specifically invited. But please do join us in spirit by marking the occasion in your own way and support the poppy appeal.”