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Public asked to ‘remember at home’ on Remembrance Sunday this year

Horsham Remembers at Home

23 Oct 2020


Horsham District Council is following government guidelines and urging the public to pay tribute to the fallen by staying at home this year.

For the first time the public annual Remembrance Sunday service in Horsham’s Carfax to honour those who gave their lives will not take place.

A small representation will take part in a socially distanced, closed wreath laying ceremony. Watch the ceremony below.

Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Horsham Town Centre and Armed Forces Champion Cllr Peter Burgess commented:

Whilst we will mark this occasion properly, it is with a heavy heart that I must ask people not to attend the Carfax this year in order to protect the health and wellbeing of local veterans and the public.

“We will ensure our wreath laying is a fitting tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and that of course, our veterans and their loved ones are very much in our thoughts and prayers at this special time.”

Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Horsham Town Centre and Armed Forces Champion Cllr Peter Burgess

Chairman of Horsham District Council Cllr Karen Burgess said:

“Whilst it is deeply disappointing that our traditional service and parade will not take place this year, we can all still play a part in ensuring we mark this important occasion respectfully.

I would encourage as many people as possible to participate in their own personal moments of Remembrance, whether that be watching services on television or pausing for the national Two Minute Silence at 11am in the safety of their own homes.

Chairman of Horsham District Council Cllr Karen Burgess

Ways to get involved

Here are just a few ways to get involved in Remembrance Sunday 2020. Visit The Royal British Legion website for more ideas.

Watch at home

Tune in to the BBC Remembrance Sunday coverage and ceremony on Sunday 8 November.

Plus, watch our Horsham ceremony in the video below.

Donate and download a poppy for your window

The Poppy Appeal is organised by The Royal British Legion every year. With many event spaces, public transport hubs and high streets seeing far fewer people than normal, the organisation has set up even more ways to get involved online.

Donate and download a popper poster to put in your window: there's a full-colour one and a colouring-in version.

Plus, visit the Poppy Shop to buy poppy pins, brooches and gifts

Listen to the Last Post and Reveille at home

The Royal British Legion has made available an audio file called Two Minute Silence. It includes the Last Post, a two minute silence, and Reveille.

Download the Two Minute Silence file

Catch up on our previous Remembrance events

Commemorate VJ Day

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