08 Nov Remembrance Day 2020
The focus of remembrance for the dead of the First World War was originally held on Armistice Day itself, November 11th 1919 and marked by a National Service in London as well events staged across the country at town and village memorials. For subsequent years this day continued to be marked by national and local remembrance services and parades.
The Royal British Legion began selling Remembrance Poppies in 1921 to raise funds to support ex service personnel, their work continues and is ever more important today and poppy wreaths are an integral part of our act of remembrance.
The outbreak of the Second World War and the importance to ensure there was little disruption to the vital war effort saw the national act of remembrance move to the Sunday before November 11th. After the war it was agreed that the national day for remembering the sacrifice of those who served their country would be permanently moved to the second Sunday in November.
Remembrance Sunday parades and religious services provide an opportunity for representatives of the Crown, the armed forces, local civic leaders, the Royal British Legion, cadet forces, scouts and guides amongst other organisations, to honour those who serve to defend our democratic freedoms and way of life and to remember the sacrifice of all those who have died to protect our way of life and to keep us safe.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, Mrs Anna Turner JP, together with her Deputy Lieutenants, ensures that the Crown is represented at many of the Remembrance Services being held across Shropshire. This year, due to COVID-19 and the newly announced “Lockdown 2” many parades across the county have sadly been cancelled but with many services being held “virtually” the Lieutenancy will be participating in as many of these acts of remembrance as possible.