Unfortunately, this year Remembrance Sunday will be very different and only a shadow of the normal event.
In the wake of the pandemic, and the resulting government restrictions, the Royal British Legion has had to cancel all the parades.
However, the Province is still laying a wreath at each of the 16 usual memorials throughout Middlesex, in order that that we can honour the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for this country.
The wreaths will be laid by one Brother at each memorial, who is either a member of the Provincial Executive, an active Provincial Officer, or a member of the local Adopting Lodge.
The numbers who can attend each wreath-laying are severely restricted by the current rules set by the government.
Wreath-laying will be after the usual time of the formal ceremony and, although due decorum will be observed, the Officers will not be wearing regalia.
Whereas in past years a wreath has been laid at each Memorial on behalf of both the Province, as well as the local Adopting Lodge, this year is only one will be laid on behalf of the Province.
What is usually a high profile event for the Province is, very sadly, due the restrictions imposed by the government, will be a mere shadow of the usual occasion when the wreath-layers enjoyed the support of fellow brethren and family amongst the large crowd who usually gather for these occasions.
We hope that next year, when the pandemic has passed, it will resume its usual proportions.
For your information, if you wish to go along to the memorials to pay respects any time after the formal wreath laying on the 8th November, or thereafter, the locations of the memorials involved are posted on the website.
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