Plans for a traditional marking of Remembrance Day in Ringwood have had to be scaled back considerably this year.
Due to the restrictions on public gatherings the organising committee has cancelled plans for the normal Ringwood Remembrance Day Civic Services, together with the procession through town and the Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial being ‘open’ to the general public.
Tony Ring, the Town Mayor, said, “whilst it is with considerable regret that we have had to reduce our plans for Remembrance Day this year, it would be inappropriate and inexcusable for there to be no recognition of Remembrance.
We are currently in the process of arranging to film and live stream a Remembrance Service at the War Memorial on Sunday 8th November at which representatives from the Town Council, Churches and Royal British Legion will attend.
This will allow people to view the service and pay their respects from the safety of their own homes.”
The organisers are requesting that the public do not attend the War Memorial on Sunday 8th November from 10:30am to 11:30am to allow for the service to go ahead.
Individuals and organisations wishing to place wreaths and individual tributes at the War Memorial are invited to do so before the service.
Followers online will be able to view the service which will include the Last Post to begin the national two minutes silence at 11am followed by Reveille.
A short service will follow with prayers and the laying of two Wreaths.
The laying of the Ringwood Town Council wreath will represent all those already laid by the community with the Royal British Legion Wreath representing all the services, their members and their followers.
Further details on timings and where people can view the service online will be available on the Town Council website, social media pages and further press notices closer to the time.