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Remembrance at Home for 2020

Middlesbrough is now in Tier 3. There are restrictions on some businesses, and meeting people. Get the latest local updates.

The world has changed - but Remembrance is just as important as ever.

That's the message from Middlesbrough's Armed Forces Champions as they prepare for this year's commemorations.

Councillors Ron Arundale and Barrie Cooper are urging local residents to mark Remembrance at Home, and will be making their own online contribution to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. 

Remembrance events will not be able to go ahead as normal and unfortunately the usual annual parade and laying of the poppy ceremony will not be possible this year. 

An online Book of Remembrance on the Middlesbrough Council website will enable members of the public to upload photos and stories of their relatives and will be going live in the next few days.

This year's Poppy Appeal got underway today (Thursday, October 22), and while stalls and street collections won't be going ahead this year, collection boxes will be available in the Cleveland Centre, and donations can be made online.

The first Poppy Appeal was inspired by poems written in WW1: "In Flanders fields the poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row."

The annual sale raises money to give practical help to all men and women who have served in the Armed Forces, and to their widows and dependants.

In a joint statement Cllrs Arundale and Cooper said: "The ongoing restrictions brought about by the pandemic have had an inevitable impact on this year's Poppy Appeal and Remembrance Sunday.

"But they're no less important for that, and people can still show their respect and remembrance for the fallen as well as past and present members of our armed forces in different ways.

"Although we understand that people will want to commemorate the day we would encourage everyone to Remember at Home.

"Just as was done earlier this year for the heroes of the NHS, people might like to create an eye-catching window or garden display in honour of those who gave their lives in countless conflicts around the globe."

To donate on line visit the British Legion website

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