Carnforth Town Council are urging residents to commemorate this year’s Remembrance Sunday (November 8th) from their own doorstep as a collective tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
This year, along with similar events across the country, traditional services at the district’s war memorials have been replaced by small private ceremonies in an effort to help stop the spread of Covid-19. These will take place in at 11am in the War Memorial Gardens, Carnforth; Garden of Remembrance in Lancaster and the Cenotaph in Morecambe.
Carnforth Town Mayor, Cllr Kath Bromilow MBE will lay a wreath; the names of our local fallen will be read and there will a short service. Our residents and community groups are respectfully asked not to attend and are instead being urged to pay their respects by taking part in the national two minutes’ silence on their own doorsteps.
The Town Mayor commented: “Over the last few year it has been wonderful to see so many Carnforth residents turning out for the Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service – honouring the fallen and remembering the sacrifice of so many Carnforth citizens.
“We cannot let the pandemic prevent us from honouring our brave servicemen and women, but we must also ensure that we are doing so in a way that prioritises safety.
“That’s why we’re encouraging people to stand with us in solidarity and take part in a collective act of remembrance by observing the two minutes’ silence at 11am from their doorsteps.
“Private wreath laying ceremonies will still take place at our memorials in Lancaster and Morecambe as well as Carnforth, with an opportunity for others to do the same later in the day.”
Residents and organisations who would like to lay wreaths in the War Memorial Gardens are asked to do so from 12pm onwards to reduce the potential for crowds to build up. Anyone attending is asked to ensure they socially distance from others.
There are also a number of other ways for people to pay their respects. On its website the Royal British Legion has established a Virtual Field of Remembrance for people to participate in their own personal moment of remembrance.
People can also make a donation to the Poppy Appeal or download the official A4 poster of the iconic Remembrance Poppy to display in a window. Visit www.britishlegion.org.uk for more details.
A national service of remembrance will also be broadcast on BBC One, Sky and ITV and the Ashton Memorial will also be lit up red on the evening of November 8.