Covid-19 has changed many things for us all this year, including how we commemorate Remembrance Day. Many traditional services, wreath-laying ceremonies and other events to mark the occasion have had to be cancelled due to health and safety reasons, meaning many organisations across the city are finding new and innovative ways for us to mark this solemn occasion, pay our respects and remember service people who have fought in conflicts across the world.
Remembrance Services this Armistice at Durham Cathedral:
Under the latest ‘stay at home’ mandate, it seems places of worship will be able to remain open but only for private prayer and for the streaming of services. At the time of writing this blog post, here’s what’s planned for Remembrance Services this Armistice at Durham Cathedral…
8 November, Remembrance Sunday
8.30am – Holy Communion (live-streamed
to Facebook only, no public access).
10.30am – Special Service: Remembrance Sunday (live-streamed to Facebook only,
no public access).
3.30pm – Choral Evensong (live-streamed to Facebook).
11 November, 11am – two-minute silence to mark Armistice Day 2020 (live-streamed to the cathedral’s Facebook page).
Please remember that the rules and regulations about this recent lockdown are still being shared from central government and plans are subject to change. For more information about the Cathedral’s services, visit: durhamcathedral.co.uk
Online content from Durham County Council:
Durham County Council has created a whole host of online content to help people mark Remembrance Day from the safety of their own homes.
This includes a pre-recorded video, where people will be able to hear the Chairman, Lord Lieutenant and Chief Executive of Durham County Council pay tribute to those in the region who fought and died in different conflicts across the world. Debuting across Durham County Council’s website and social media channels on Remembrance Sunday, this short film will include a recital of the Remembrance Verse written by CEx accompanied by a rendition of The Last Post.
As well as the video, there will also be a wide range of content from the DLI archives including recordings of wartime poems and songs, recitals of war poetry and ‘Listen to the Soldier’. This is Durham Light Infantry’s oral history collection and it is the largest, most comprehensive and wide-ranging collection of recorded material in the world relating to a British infantry regiment during the Second World War. These recollections were collected in a collaboration between the former DLI Museum and the Sound Archive of the Imperial War Museum.
Take a (socially distanced) walk around the city:
Between 8th and 11th November, many landmarks across the City will be lit up red to commemorate Remembrance Day. Please remember to stick to government guidelines at this time and only mix with people in your household, support bubble or one other adult from another household in an open public area.
If you and your household or support bubble are heading outdoors to stretch your legs during the lockdown, are taking the dog for a walking, going on a bike ride or enjoying a jog as part of your exercise routine, why not heads past County Hall or Durham Town Hall to see the light installations?
They’ll be lit up all the time during these dates but will look extra special at evening when dusk falls. Plus, if you swing by Clayport Library, you’ll see that the iconic Helvetictoc artwork on the wall of Clayport Library has been replaced with a light projection of the well-known war poem written by Laurence Binyon which is often read at Remembrance Day services, For The Fallen, between 8-11 November.
To find out more about how Durham County Council is helping you to mark Remembrance Day this year, visit: www.durham.gov.uk/remembrance2020.
Supporting the Royal British Legion:
While you may not have been able to get out and buy a poppy from Royal British Legion volunteers, you can still purchase some of their remembrance merchandise online.
What’s more, you can show your support – just like so many households did up and down the country during the first lockdown in the UK – by displaying a picture of a poppy in your window this Remembrance Day.
The Royal British legion has a free A4 poppy version you can download from their website and print at home. Or, if you want to while away some hours during lockdown mark two, why not get create and produce your own Remembrance Day piece of art at home with your household or support bubble.
For more ways to support the Royal British Legion, visit: www.britishlegion.org.uk.