Update on Remembrance Day in Buckinghamshire 2020
Remembrance Sunday holds great importance for the council and our residents. In previous years, councillors from across Buckinghamshire have played an active part in honouring all those who fell in defence of our country in past wars and other military conflicts. The new Buckinghamshire Council had wanted to continue this notable tradition, however, due to the current COVID-19 restrictions there have been a number of important changes to commemoration events across Buckinghamshire.
It is therefore, with deep regret, that we have to announce that the traditional Remembrance Sunday service and parade in Aylesbury town centre, cannot take place. We hope to hold a short, private Act of Remembrance but, if this does go ahead, it will not be a public event because of social distancing guidelines and other COVID-19 restrictions.
Instead, we are encouraging residents and veterans to join others across our nation by paying their respects at home, observing the two-minute silence and watching the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in London, on television.
Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Health, Cllr Gareth Williams, said: ‘In line with advice from the Government and the Royal British Legion, we are all going to have to honour the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces and veterans in our own private ways this year. Just as we cheered for the NHS earlier in the year, my family intend to celebrate Remembrance Sunday with artwork and our own ceremony in our back garden this year.’