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Wiltshire Council pays tribute ahead of Remembrance Sunday

Wiltshire Council pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice

Published 6 November 2020
Picture of a poppy at County Hall

Wiltshire Council has paid tribute to the members of the Armed Forces who have died in the line of duty, ahead of Remembrance Sunday this weekend (8 November).

The commemorations will be different this year due to the national restrictions, and residents are being asked to pay their tributes and respects at home if they aren't attending a pre-arranged event within the guidance.

In line with the national guidance, some Wiltshire councillors will be attending small COVID-19 secure events throughout the county to pay their respects. Any pre-arranged event must take place outside, ensure social distancing and all reasonable precautions should be taken.

In Tidworth The Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire Mrs Sarah Troughton, is attending a short service at the Tidworth War Memorial which will include a Bugler playing the Last Post, marking the two minutes' silence, war memorial names will be read out and wreaths will be laid.

The Remembrance Sunday event at the National Cenotaph in London will also be adjusted this year to ensure it is as safe as possible.

Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said:

Despite everything that's going on at the moment, it is so important for us all to take time out on Sunday and reflect on all those that made such a sacrifice on our behalf.

We of course wish we could gather in large numbers to pay tribute, that's the very least these heroes deserve, however this year we ask that if you can, please pay your respects safely at home.

We are so proud of Wiltshire's rich Armed Forces heritage and, on behalf of Wiltshire Council, I sincerely thank them for everything they do for all of us.

It's important people continue to adhere to the national restrictions during this time.

Superintendent Phil Staynings of Wiltshire Police, said:

We all want to pay our respects on this day of national importance but we must all adapt to the current restrictions and pay our respects in line with them.

The Government has been clear that only organised gatherings, held outdoors and where risk assessments have been completed should be held. 

We would urge anyone considering attending one of these events to visit for the specific exemptions the Government has permitted for a small number of people to attend these gatherings with other people.

"We all have a responsibility to adhere to the latest guidance to ensure we control the virus and save lives."


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