Today, on Remembrance Sunday, Norwich remembers the service and sacrifice of the armed forces, along with their families and the emergency services in conflicts past and present. We remember too, the innocent civilian lives lost in conflicts.
A small, yet dignified and respectful, event was held this morning a Norwich War Memorial, in the very heart of the city.
Councillor Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council, said:
“Our annual act of remembrance is a time to reflect on the bravery and sacrifice of so many to secure and preserve our freedoms.
As the planning for our Remembrance event begins in the spring, we had to take into account the Covid caseload locally at that time, as well as the potential impact the colder months could have. We have been in touch with veterans groups since then regarding our difficult decision to have a scaled-back approach to avoid risk to all concerned.
The pandemic has touched everyone’s lives deeply and we understand and share the disappointment that comes with the need to do things differently and we regret that this is being felt still now as infections remain high.
For those wishing to lay a wreath at the War Memorial in their own act of remembrance after the event to pay their respects, we would urge you to take all necessary precautions to stop the spread of Covid, particularly if there are large numbers of people.
We look forward eagerly to next year, where we hope to be able to return to a full service and parade as we have in previous years.”
You can view the service on our YouTube channel.