Remembering our heroes this year

We are encouraging residents to stay at home and tune-in to an online Remembrance Sunday service – with local landmarks also lighting up red as the borough remembers its heroes in a different way this year.

Due to the restrictions in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, we are calling on residents to pay their respects to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by watching an online service this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Remembrance Sunday on 8 November, we are organising an online Civic event which will consist of a pre-recorded church service and wreath laying by the Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Mumtaz Hussain, at Huddersfield Parish Church. It will be available on our website on Sunday 8 November.

We are encouraging residents to tune-in to the service on 8 November (Remembrance Sunday) and to take part in a two-minute silence during the service. There will be a national two-minute silence on 11 November (Armistice Day) which people are also encouraged to observe wherever they may be.

In addition to this, Victoria Tower at Castle Hill and Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Batley and Cleckheaton Town Halls will all light up red from 6pm onwards on 8 November as a mark of respect.

Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said:

“Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day are two of the most significant days in our diary every year and this will always be the case.

There is nothing more powerful than when we all come together each year to make sure our heroes are not forgotten and that we remember the sacrifices they made for the freedoms we all have today.

However, we are not in normal times, and whilst paying our respects is just as important as ever, sadly this year we have to do this differently to protect people and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 – particularly as rates are continuing to increase.

That’s why we’ve organised an online service so that even in these unprecedented times, our heroes are remembered.”

Councillor Mumtaz Hussain, Mayor of Kirklees, said:

“I urge everyone to join me online in our service for all on Remembrance Sunday.  Remember those who gave so much for us all but remember we are still fighting a pandemic so do all you can to stay safe and Remember from Home.

I also urge everyone to once again support the Poppy Appeal. This is a powerful way to say thank you to those who have served in the past and also those serving in conflicts now. Wearing a poppy is a visible sign of our eternal gratitude.”

This year many of the Royal British Legion’s volunteer poppy-sellers are unable to assist with this activity.  However, poppies will be available in many supermarkets up and down the country. For information on how to buy a poppy this year please visit the Royal British Legion’s website.

There is practical help and advice in relation to organising an event on the our website. You can also find out more on what current restrictions are in place in Kirklees.

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