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Remembrance Day 2020 will feel much different than usual, as England settles into a second nationwide lockdown. MPs voted in favour of national restrictions again this week, giving ministers a mandate to level a month’s worth of policy. New policies will keep people apart where possible until December 2, preventing any meaningful gatherings on November 11.
How to celebrate Remembrance Day from lockdown
Lockdown will prevent people gathering en masse this year, but it won’t eliminate the spirit of Remembrance Day.
As with most other activities right now, people will have to spend Remembrance Day at home.
They can still celebrate but will have to follow the Government’s coronavirus rules.
The two-minute silence
People can take part in the two-minute silence from anywhere in the UK.
A campaign launched by the Daily Mirror has asked people to mark the silence – at 11 minutes past 11 this Sunday – by standing on their doorsteps.
Both Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer have pledged to back the campaign, and publicly asked the rest of the UK to do the same.
Mr Starmer said: “Remembrance Sunday is our chance as a nation to stand together to remember the millions of people from across the United Kingdom, and from across the world, who sacrificed so much to keep us safe.
“In normal times, we would be paying tribute to our armed forces at the Cenotaph or at events organised by the Royal British Legion.
“This year we cannot do that – this year we cannot stand together.
“But we can still pay our respects by standing on our doorsteps at 11am on Remembrance Sunday to mark the two-minute silence. We can still remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and who we will never forget.”
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Support the Poppy Appeal
The usual Poppy Appeal won’t go ahead as planned, with people off the streets.
As such, vendors won’t personally sell poppies, but people can still buy them from most supermarkets.
They can also buy items or donate via the Royal British Legion’s online shop.
Watch the Cenotaph ceremony
Ministers have asked people not to watch the traditional ceremony at London’s Cenotaph in person this year.
A small contingent of veterans, public figures, international leaders and Royal Family members will attend as usual.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said television networks would broadcast the smaller ceremony.
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