Events to mark Remembrance Sunday are set to go ahead in the Royal Borough this November, but with important changes due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Councillor Sayonara Luxton, said: “Remembrance Sunday has always been of great importance to the council and our residents. The Borough has strong links with the armed forces and the council is a champion of the Armed Forces Covenant.
“Each year we play an active part in honouring all those who have fallen in defence of our country, in past wars and conflicts, and this year we will proudly continue that tradition. However, due to the current COVID-19 restrictions there will be some important changes to commemoration events in the borough.
"Due to COVID-19 safety measures, the traditional parade and civic service in Maidenhead town centre and Windsor town centre cannot take place.
“Instead we will have a short Act of Remembrance in Maidenhead, where I will lay a wreath on behalf of the borough. The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Gary Muir, will also lay a wreath in Windsor. Representatives from uniformed and other local organisations who’ve been invited to attend will also lay wreaths at the ceremonies, which will be shorter than usual.
“We’re asking the public not to attend either of these ceremonies, as it will be difficult to adhere to social distancing guidelines and other COVID-19 safety measures, even in outdoor settings. Instead we’re asking residents and veterans to pay their respects at home, by observing the national two-minute silence, and by following the national act of remembrance at the Cenotaph in London on television.”
Residents are also encouraged to remember all those who died in defence of our country, by standing out on their doorsteps and observing the national two minutes silence, at 11am on Remembrance Sunday.