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Remembrance in 2020

12 October 2020 : Council news, Community

Remembrance commemorations will be different in Taunton this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

The usual Civic programme of events will not take place as we adhere to Government guidelines and keep the community safe.

Instead, the annual observation of Remembrance will be marked with a series of videos which will be shared on SWT social media.

SWT is hoping that people can still get involved and pay their respects while following social distancing advice, joining services at their local church or simply remembering from home.

Members of the public are welcome to lay their wreaths at Taunton's War Memorial in Vivary Park throughout the day on Remembrance Sunday (8 November) but are asked to avoid 11am as there will be no formalities this year.

The words traditionally used at Remembrance will be displayed beside the Memorial, and a chaplain will be available nearby for part of the day if anyone wishes to be supported during their private time of remembering.

SWT is also encouraging everyone to take part in the nationwide ‘Pause’ on Armistice Day, 11am on 11 November. Mute your phone, close your laptop, switch off the telly – for just two minutes and pay your respects to our Armed Forces community, past and present. More information can be found on the Royal British Legion website.

Don't forget to display a poppy in your window in the coming weeks to show your commitment to remember.