Residents invited to mark Remembrance Sunday in homes and on doorsteps
Released: Wednesday, 04 November 2020
Residents of Adur and Worthing are encouraged to help mark Remembrance Sunday by observing the two minute silence in their homes or on their doorsteps at 11am.
This follows the government’s announcement about the new national restrictions in England to control the spread of COVID which has meant that the church services due to take place in Worthing, Southwick, Shoreham and Lancing have had to be cancelled.
Instead, wreaths will be laid by representatives of Adur & Worthing Councils at the War Memorials in Worthing, Lancing, Shoreham, Southwick and Sompting on Remembrance Sunday. A pre-recorded ‘act of remembrance’ will also be broadcast via Adur & Worthing Councils’ Facebook page at 11am.
Traditionally, Remembrance Sunday has been marked with a March Past and Remembrance Service at the War Memorial outside Worthing Town Hall, attended by armed forces representatives, local organisations from Worthing and thousands of local residents wishing to pay their respects. In Adur, parades and services at a number of War Memorials would normally take place.
Cllr Lionel Harman, the Mayor of Worthing, said:
“It is with deep sadness that for the first time in 100 years in Worthing we are unable to join together in person on Remembrance Sunday to commemorate this important day, but we must ensure that our residents stay safe during this pandemic. Whilst this year’s commemorations will be different, by pausing for the two minute silence in our homes and on our doorsteps we will make sure our tributes remain as strong as ever.”
Photo: The Mayor and Mayoress of Worthing pictured with Steve Hinton from the Worthing Veterans’ Association, Parade Marshall Kevin Maynard and Commander Nobby Hall RN at Worthing War Memorial
Cllr Andy McGregor, Chairman of Adur District Council said:
“We may not be able to mark this important date in the way we have historically done. But it will not stop us being united in our tributes to honour those who served their country. We will remember their sacrifice as we take time for personal reflection in our homes and on our doorsteps during the two minute silence on Remembrance Sunday.”
On Monday, the Mayor and Mayoress of Worthing laid crosses at the Garden of Remembrance outside Worthing Town Hall. They were joined by Steve Hinton from the Worthing Veterans’ Association, Parade Marshall Kevin Maynard and Commander Nobby Hall RN. Two maroons will be set off from Worthing beach at the beginning and end of the two-minute silence on Armistice Day - Wednesday 11 November.
Local residents are encouraged to support the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal by fundraising or downloading a poppy to display in their windows. Find out how you can support the Armed Forces community at:
Photo: Cllr Andy McGregor, Chairman of Adur District Council with Bruce Williams, President of Shoreham Royal British Legion
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