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County Hall supports Poppy Appeal and marks Armistice

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month – we will remember them

Remembrance

Leicestershire County Council is paying tribute to the fallen on Armistice Day.

As well as lighting up County Hall and the Stand Easy memorial in red, it is also publishing a short film in which the Lord-Lieutenant and council chairman, Pam Posnett MBE, lay a wreath at the memorial on behalf of all members and officers.

County residents are being encouraged to stay at home this year and find other ways to honour those who served and sacrificed themselves in the line of duty.

The sacrifices of those who were injured or lost their lives will never be forgotten.

And this year, although we cannot pay tribute to the fallen in person, we can express our gratitude and support in a number of different ways. 

The pandemic brings into even sharper focus the freedoms we enjoy today. Although we’re not able to mark the contribution of those brave men and women at Remembrance events, I’d encourage everyone to play their part from home.

Last year, almost 30 buildings across the city and county joined with County Hall to light up their buildings. Those taking part last year included churches, war memorials, office buildings, community centres and pubs.

This year, more than ever, it is important for us to find alternative ways to honour those who gave their lives in conflict, as we cannot meet for our traditional parades and services. I hope that by illuminating some of our buildings in the city and county it will provide a simple but powerful expression of our community’s support for the Poppy Appeal.

The short film has been pre-recorded in place of the event held usually held at County Hall's Stand Easy memorial to mark Armistice and pay tribute to the fallen.

The film, which will also include the Last Post, two-minute silence and Reveille, will be available on our YouTube and social media channels.

Although we are not able to come together to mark Armistice in the usual way, it is important that we can still remember and honour the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for the freedoms that we take for granted. It is an honour for me to be able to take part in this small act of remembrance and share it online.

This year, county residents are being encouraged to find other ways to honour those who served and sacrificed themselves in the line of duty.

Many services and parades have been cancelled or scaled back in line with government guidance on social distancing.

The Royal British Legion has shared alternative ways for residents to commemorate Remembrance Day, including:

  • creating a remembrance space in the garden by planting plants that have a connection to remembrance;
  • using Zoom, Facebook or another online meeting resource to host an online remembrance service or activity;
  • creating an online exhibition of remembrance related photos from residents that schools or others could use to discuss local remembrance activities;
  • full details of information and resources can be found on the Royal British Legion website: www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance.

As the custodians of remembrance, the Royal British Legion is delighted that organisations in the city and county want to show their appreciation and support for the men and women of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces who have selflessly and courageously served our country in such a symbolic way.

Covid-19 has also meant that the legion’s 2020 Poppy Appeal has had to go online, but families can still get involved by downloading and colouring in a Remembrance Poppy to display in their window as a show of support. The poppies can be found by visiting http://bit.ly/PoppyAppeal2020

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