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Source: City of Salford

Salford residents are being asked to ‘make a sacrifice’ and commemorate Remembrance Sunday at home this year because of COVID-19.

The Ceremonial Mayor of Salford, Councillor Charlie McIntyre, said this year’s remembrance would be different but no less dignified or heartfelt.

“Everyone of us across the country is fighting an invisible enemy this year – coronavirus. As a result, we have seen unprecedented but necessary restrictions on our lives to try and win the battle,” he said.

“Working with the Royal British Legion, we are asking people to remember from home for this year while we remain under attack by coronavirus.

“To support that, we will show a service of remembrance and a wreath laying ceremony over the internet from 11am on Remembrance Sunday, 8 November.

“Many veterans who normally attend the cenotaphs are older and more vulnerable to coronavirus so I would urge people to remember that and participate differently this year. So many brave men and women paid the ultimate price and showed incredible spirit during so many conflicts. Staying home to pay quiet tribute to them instead is our sacrifice this year.

“I know there have been calls for people to stand on their doorsteps and observe two minutes’ silence. It’s a wonderful idea and harks back to the nationwide tributes paid to the NHS and key workers early in lockdown. I’d encourage as many people as possible to take part take part for our veterans and our NHS.”

Salford City Council is also displaying memorial banners and a giant poppy on the Civic Centre and has posted ideas on its website under the banner Remember at Home for ways to pay tribute during the day.

Subject to any changes in government coronavirus guidance or restrictions, church services can go ahead with Covid-19 secure measures in place.

Date published
Monday 26 October 2020

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