As our diverse cultures and backgrounds unite as a nation; remembering and paying tribute to the men and women who sacrificed to defend what we know today, Terry Morley, Veterans Programme Manager, talks about how different the 11th November will be this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, the impact it will have on many and how you can still pay respect.
Groundwork is helping to pay respect differently this year with a digital print out
“As we edge closer to the 11th November to remember our fallen, this year in light of the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions we will not be able to parade as usual, but that won’t stop us from showing our respect.
It is difficult to understand the effect this year will have on those serving; ex-services, their family, friends and wider community of the Armed Forces. By not having these parades across the country people could easily forget the significance of the day, stopping people of all ages, backgrounds, cultures and religions getting together and remembering all those who sacrificed their lives, that stood side by side in solidarity to provide us with the life we know today.
However, we will still pay respect, not only to those who never returned from conflicts since the First World War, not only to the evacuated children who thought they’d never see their parents again, but to the men and women who are currently still serving overseas in difficult circumstances and those who live with the scars, memories and stories to ensure we never forget them; commemorated in a two-minute silence on the 11th.”
The impact of Social Isolation
Loneliness, social isolation and bereavement can be huge barriers for armed forces veterans across the country, all of which can have significant effects on mental health and well-being. Around 770,000 veterans are said to suffer with social isolation in the UK, and for many the parades on the 11th November are one of few fixed events in their social calendars.
Join Groundwork and Operation Re:Org in showing your respect by printing out our Remembrance Day 2020 poster with a poppy you can colour in. Place it in your window and share the spirit for all of the community to see.
Poppies grew on the battlefields after World War One ended, the reason they signify remembrance.
“For me on this day I will especially remember the Kingsmen of my regiment who never returned home and my two Granddads; one serving with the Lancashire Fusiliers in WWI and the other who served with the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment in the Second World War.
As we say in my Regiment “Nec Aspera Terrent” meaning “Difficulties be Damned” and as a nation we must stand together like our ancestors did and beat this situation we are in as one. So, let’s make a special effort this year to mark this occasion and not to forget to support the Poppy appeal and wear our Poppy with pride”
Written by Terry Morley, Veterans Programme Manager
Download our digital Remembrance Day poster to show in your window, either ready made or one to colour in.
Remembrance Day Posters