How Surrey residents can show their respects this Remembrance Sunday
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent Government guidance, showing respect on Remembrance Sunday will need to be conducted in a different way this year.
Guidance on how Remembrance Sunday activities can take place in line with the current Covid-19 restrictions and requirements in England can be found on Gov.uk website.
- Watch the Surrey County Council Armistice Day service
- Watch our video of Surrey key workers remembering our war heroes
- Can I attend a service at my local place of worship?
- Will there be parades?
- Can I visit a war memorial?
- Will there be wreath laying at war memorials?
- Where can we show our respect at 11am on Sunday 8 November for the two minute silence?
- Where can I buy a poppy?
Surrey County Council Armistice Day service
Each year the Chairman of Surrey County Council leads an Armistice Day service attended by staff and guests. In line with Government guidance this year the service has been pre-recorded and can be viewed below.
Can I attend a service at my local place of worship?
Communal services of remembrance inside places of worship will not be possible due to the second national lockdown. Many services will be live streamed to prevent the spread of Covid-19, we advise you to call your local place of worship to find out more information.
Please follow Government guidance regarding places of worship.
Will there be parades?
As a result of Covid-19, the Royal British Legion (RBL) will not be requesting any road closures for parades this year across Surrey.
Although road closures are the responsibility of district and borough councils, we would advise everyone to follow the same advice as that of RBL.
Can I visit a war memorial?
Outdoors services at war memorials and local cenotaphs can still take place in light of the second national lockdown, but they should be reduced in size and observe strict social distancing.
We would advise residents not to visit at 11am on Sunday 8 November and 11am on Wednesday 11 November to avoid large groups gathering.
Please be respectful of others who may be waiting to take their turn.
Will there be wreath laying at war memorials?
If outdoor services are being held, they should be in keeping the Government's guidance. Wreath laying may take place either before or throughout the day, on a phased basis, to avoid large groups and to ensure social distancing.
Where can we show our respect at 11am on Sunday 8 November for the two minute silence?
We encourage all Surrey residents to take part in the two minute silence on their doorstep, or inside their homes, as a mark of remembrance at 11am on Sunday 8 November (Remembrance Sunday) and Wednesday 11 November (Armistice Day).
A national service will be televised as well as local services (held by both councils and places of worship) streamed online.
Where can I buy a poppy?
The Royal British Legion are asking everyone to back the Poppy Appeal in a new way to adapt to the threat of Covid-19. Please visit the Royal British Legion website for key ways to get involved and support - from fundraising and taking part in virtual Poppy Runs, to ordering poppies and buying poppy merchandise from their Poppy Shop.
Surrey key workers remember
Watch our video here of Surrey key workers – our modern day heroes – showing their thanks and remembering our war heroes.