Remembrance Sunday will look significantly different across Wales this year.
Wales’ fire-break lockdown will mean large gatherings will not be able to come together on the day when the country falls silent to remember members of the Armed Forces who have died in the line of duty.
First Minister Mark Drakeford has indicated that small commemorations on Sunday, November 8 will be allowed, adding that remembering sacrifice will be more important than ever now.
“There will be an exception for Remembrance Sunday,” he previously said.
“Those organised events that local authorities, the British Legion and other partners have already organised for Sunday, November 8, when we mark that national sacrifice… this seems to me more important than ever that we do that during a period where further sacrifices are being asked of us all.
“Organised events, small in scale and very different to previous years will be able to go ahead, but those are the only gatherings that will be an exception during the two week period of the fire-break.”
For the masses, The Daily Mirror has been campaigning to ensure our fallen forces heroes are remembered for their sacrifice by appealing to the nation to stand outside their homes in silence for two minutes at 11am on November 8. And political leaders have backed the call.
The Royal British Legion has set out a list of suggested activities that residents can take part in from the comfort of their own home.
- Have a small Remembrance service in your garden.
- Create a small Remembrance space in your garden, for example planting plants that have a connection.
- Use Zoom/ Facebook live event or another appropriate online meeting resource to host an online Remembrance service / activity.
- Set-up a community Remembrance forum to discuss different residents’ Remembrance stories.
- Create an online exhibition of Remembrance related photos from local residents that schools or others could use to discuss local Remembrance activities.
Ant Metcalfe, Wales Area Manager for the Royal British Legion added: “Whilst it is deeply disappointing that Remembrance events will be different this year, we understand that the decision has been taken to protect the health and well-being of all involved.
“The public can all still play a part in ensuring Remembrance Sunday is appropriately marked and the Royal British Legion are encouraging people to participate in their own personal moment of remembrance – whether that be watching the national Service of Remembrance on television or pausing for the two minute silence at home or on their doorsteps.”
Below, we’ve compiled a list of how different areas in Wales are planning to mark Remembrance Sunday. Some areas are yet to reveal their plans, and we will update this list as they are announced…
There will not be a Remembrance parade and service at the Bridgend War Memorial.
But Bridgend Town Council will fly military flags at the memorial on the weekend and the mayor of the town council, Alan Wathan, will lay a wreath on behalf of local residents.
He said: “The town council is committed to honouring the Armed Forces and remembering those that sacrificed their lives to serve their country but unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is not safe to hold a large public gathering this year.”
The gates of the war memorial will be open from 9am to 4pm for organisations and the public to lay wreaths.
The council is advising people to follow social distancing and avoid laying wreaths at the memorial between 10.45am and 11.15am to prevent large crowds gathering there.
Bridgend County Borough
Bridgend County Borough Council and Great Western Railway are arranging for a wreath to be sent to London where it will be included as part of a national display.
Council leader Huw David said: “Despite the disruption caused by the pandemic, we remain indebted to all those who have volunteered, served, fought or made the ultimate sacrifice for us, and we will continue to respect, honour and remember them.”
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Arrangements have been made this year which will allow members of the public to participate in the National Service of Remembrance for Wales, safely in their own homes.
For the first time, the service will be available to watch live on the Cardiff Council YouTube channel.
Coverage will start from 10.50am on Sunday, November 8, and can be viewed by clicking here.
Broadcast from the National War Memorial in Cardiff, the coverage will capture a small, socially distanced service, conducted by Reverend Canon Stewart Lisk.
In all, 15 wreath layers will take part in Wales’ national obse