Remembrance Sunday; Message from Councillor Caroline Gruen, Chair of the Friends of Bramley War Memorial.
Despite earlier hopes, the Friends of Bramley War Memorial are very disappointed to announce, that we are not able to organise our usual Service of Remembrance and community event this year on Sunday 8th November. Sadly, the Covid pandemic prevents us from having gatherings, services, singing, or any event which is freely open to the public.
Instead, along with the rest of the City of Leeds, the ask is for anyone wishing to observe the 11.00 am silence, should do so from their doorstep, in a physically separate act of togetherness.
There will be a few wreathes, fewer than normal, laid at the memorial during the day so that relevant organisations and veterans can formally mark their respect through a single individual on behalf of many, who would under normal circumstances much prefer to be there.
I am really sad, that once again this year, following the similar measures we had to take on the anniversaries of VE Day and VJ Day, we are having to cancel what has become a very well attended, collective act of remembrance.
We will remember, physically apart, but spiritually together, those who gave their lives for us and left their loved ones alone.
Please keep safe and well.
Very Best Wishes,