Mark Remembrance Sunday at home this year

Published Friday, 06 November 2020

As the city counts down to Remembrance Sunday this weekend, residents are reminded that they should follow national restrictions and mark the day from within their home.

Residents are encouraged to tune into a pre-recorded act of Remembrance that will be broadcast live on the Council’s website this Sunday.

The programme, which has been produced in partnership with BBC CWR, has been created as a replacement to the more traditional events that are held at the Cenotaph in War Memorial Park and London Road Cemetery, which sadly were unable to take place due to the current national restrictions.

The pre-recorded programme pays tribute to all those who lost their lives and showed such bravery to keep others safe while serving and on the home front. The broadcast will start at 10.54am and will run until 11.20am. It will include the national Two Minute Silence, playing of The Last Post, a reading of The Kohima and the laying of wreaths.

Residents will be able to watch live on the Council’s website. To watch it, please visit our Remembrance web page or  watch Coventry's Virtual Remembrance Service on YouTube, It will also be broadcast live on BBC CWR’s radio channel and website.

In addition to this broadcast, the Council is also encouraging residents to download a poppy from the Royal British Legion’s website and to proudly display the poppy in the windows of their home. To download a poppy and to see how you can further support the Poppy Appeal, please visit the Royal British Legion's website

The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Cllr Ann Lucas, said: “It is incredibly sad that we cannot come together at the Cenotaph and at London Road Cemetery to mark this day as we traditionally would due to Covid-19. However, this virus is still a major threat to our city, and we must ensure that we follow the guidelines to protect each other and those that are vulnerable.

“That’s why I want to encourage people to join us this Sunday for this special programme. It is different way of marking the day but I believe that it is still a fitting and moving tribute to all those who gave so much. So please, stay home and join us online this Sunday”

For more about this year’s Remembrance Day commemorations and to watch the broadcast online, please visit our Remembrance web page.

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