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Brits encouraged to honour fallen heroes from home for Remembrance Sunday 2020
October 19, 2020
Remembrance Sunday will look very different this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With local lockdowns and social distancing measures in place, it won’t be possible to gather at the Cenotaph for the wreath-laying as usual.
And sadly the Royal British Legion parades have been cancelled.
But British legion members and veterans are asking the public to still commemorate the event any way they can.
A service will still take place with a small number of armed forces veterans, members of the Royal Family and political leaders, but there will be no public participation.
The ceremony will be broadcast live on BBC One, Sky and ITV which people can watch from home, but there is also another way to show your support for fallen heroes.
How to mark Remembrance Sunday 2020
Members of the public are being encouraged to mark the solemn occasion by holding a two-minute silence on their doorstep.
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This will happen at 11am on Remembrance Sunday, which is November 8 this year.
This is similar to the way the country came together to clap for carers during the coronavirus lockdown.
The campaign is being launched by The Mirror as a way to honour the brave sacrifice of the fallen heroes and war veterans.
Who is backing the campaign?
The Mirror’s campaign is being backed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who told the publication: “The pandemic will not stop us from honouring the sacrifice and valour of our veterans, the bravest of the brave, the best of what it means to be British."
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Labour leader Keir Starmer is also backing the Mirror's campaign. He said: "Remembrance Sunday is our chance as a nation to stand together to remember the millions of people from across the United Kingdom, and from across the world, who sacrificed so much to keep us safe.
"In normal times, we would be paying tribute to our armed forces at the Cenotaph or at events organised by the Royal British Legion.
“This year we cannot do that – this year we cannot stand together."
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“But like The Mirror has said, we can still pay our respects by standing on our doorsteps at 11am on Remembrance Sunday to mark the two-minute silence. We can still remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and who we will never forget.”
Other politicians who have shown their support are Westminster leader of the SNP Ian Blackford, Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey, DUP Westminster leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, and the Green Party's Caroline Lucas.