Residents are being encouraged to remember the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces and veterans of both world wars and other conflicts from home this November to help in the fight against COVID-19.
Following a rise in the number of national cases and advice from the government on gatherings, the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Diane Taylor will lead tributes on behalf of the borough virtually this year.
Members of the public are encouraged to join the Mayor in remembering those who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today on her social media channels throughout the day on Remembrance Sunday (8 November) and Armistice Day (11 November). The Mayor and the Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire Lady Louisa Portal MBE will lay a wreath at the war memorial on behalf of the borough in a video on social media and lead a two minute silence on Remembrance Sunday. The High Sheriff of Hampshire, Reverend Sue Colman, will give a short address.
On Armistice Day, the Mayor will be joined by Interim Chief Executive Ian Boll to lay a wreath in a video on social media and hold a two minute silence to mark the exact time that the First World War officially ended.
Individuals and organisations who usually take part in the two services, including representatives from the Armed Forces, police, fire service, cadets, scouts and other local associations, schools and organisations, will be encouraged to lay wreaths separately at the war memorial between Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day, avoiding the time around 11am on each day, in order to maintain social distancing.
The public will also be able to place their own poppy crosses in individual remembrance of relatives or friends during this time, again avoiding the 11am times on both days and observing social distancing and rule of six restrictions. Poppy crosses as well as traditional poppies will be available to purchase from supermarkets across the borough and the Royal British Legion website at www.poppyshop.org.uk/
Please encourage people in your ward to join the Mayor in honouring those who fought so bravely by following @BasingMayor on Twitter and @BasingstokeMayor on Facebook on both days.
We will remember them.