A socially distanced Remembrance Day

Hannah De Boltz has talked to several people about Remembrance Day in lockdown.

SOUTHAMPTON City Council have announced their plans which will allow for residents to honour the armed forces whilst also keeping to the social distancing guidelines.

The Council will be hosting a Remembrance Day broadcast on the 8 November at 11:02am on their social media pages to ensure social distancing rules are adhered to.

The service will be filmed from different war memorials around the city, including the Cenotaph which is celebrating its 100 years since its unveiling.

Residents are also encouraged to take part in a doorstop silence, where all residents can stand on their doorstep at 11am for the 2 minute silence. Councillor Satvir Kaur, cabinet member for Homes and Culture said on the issues of social distancing: 

“Our usual remembrance service attracts thousands of people into the city centre in and around the cenotaph. What we’re really keen to do is avoid that to ensure safety which is absolute paramount.”

The council’s Cultural Services’ Museum Learning team have released a video showing how to create your very own Remembrance poppy.

This Remembrance Day is important as not only does this year mark the 75th anniversary of VE day, it is also the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in which many spitfires made in Southampton fought in. Daniel Scott-Davies, Treasurer at The Spitfire Society spoke on how they were going to commemorate this anniversary:

“We were going to show a film in Southampton and a tour of the supermarine factory that was bombed during the battle of Britain, unfortunately that was the first weekend that lockdown started.”

A new remembrance bench will be unveiled at veracity sports ground in Itchen and Merryoak

Visit Southampton are asking locals to share photos and videos of them taking part in Remembrance Day celebrations at home to their social media pages.

Southampton city council are also asking residents to use the hashtags “#NeverForgotten and #SouthamptonRemembers” to commemorate the anniversary and visit local war memorials which can be found on the Visit Southampton website.

The Royal British legion has adapted this year’s poppy appeal as many of the charity’s volunteers are at risk and cannot help as they normally would standing in the High Street selling poppies. f

Fundraising activities for the public to get involved in such as a move to remember poppy run and a 11/11 challenge have been created instead.

In normal circumstances Southampton would commemorate Remembrance Day bringing cadets from the armed forces. Captain Chris Hargrave, Company Second in Command of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Army Cadet Force said this on why it is important to remember:

“I’m a veteran so it is majorly important to remember the sacrifices made by those so that we can live the life we live today. I think that is something that is embodied hopefully into the youth today but yes the main reason is to remember the sacrifices that people gave.”

By Hannah De Boltz (@hannah_boltz) and Connor Macmahon