Following the announcement of the new Strategic Framework by the Scottish Government, Poppy Scotland are asking people to respect the COVID-19 Remembrance guidance this Remembrance period.
Normally this would be a time for Remembrance services and events across the Borders, but Covid-19 has brought about significant changes this year.
For Borderers this means:
- No events are allowed – including outdoor seated, open space and standing, or indoor seated. This includes Acts of Remembrance services. The only exception is drive-in events.
- Within Places of Worship – allowed but restricted to 50 people
In Scotland, the Dedication of the Gardens in Edinburgh and Glasgow, the National service on Remembrance Sunday (8th November) and the service on Armistice Day have all been scaled back to the bare minimum of attendees, which is setting a ‘benchmark’ for all local events this year.
With major commemorations scaled back this year, Borders MP, John Lamont, is encouraging people to consider alternative ways to mark Remembrance.
After joining Poppy Scotland’s recent virtual event, Mr Lamont is asking Borderers to donate and download a poppy to display in your window at home to show your support. He will also be joining the two minutes silence at 11am on Sunday 8th November from his doorstep and encourages others to do the same.
The Poppy Appeal is Poppyscotland’s most significant fundraising initiative, aimed at generating more than £2 million, which accounts for over half of the charity’s annual income.
John Lamont MP said: “I know the scaling back of Remembrance parades and services this year will be a disappointment for many Borders who annually gather to remember the fallen.
“However, as the coronavirus pandemic continues, we must put the safety of the public first and commemorate and honour those who served and scarified in a different way this year.
“I was delighted to join the Poppyscotland virtual event to learn more about how we can #DonateDifferently.
“With thousands of volunteers forced to stay at home this year, it is really important to support the Scottish Poppy Appeal 2020.
“I would encourage everyone to join me in donating virtually and safely displaying a poppy in their window during this Remembrance period.”