Good morning all.
It is with great disappointed to have inform you know that due to current restrictions we are unable to hold the usual Remembrance Service at the Memorial on Sunday 8th November.
It had been our intention to hold a short Wreath Laying Ceremony and I have been holding off on a final decision until we had the very latest edict from the Government for as we know it can change from day by day.
The latest announcement forbids groups to gather both inside and outside (see below) – and so we have no option but to comply.
If we were to go ahead we cannot be sure of how many people might attend and observing safe distancing would be challenging.
As some of you may know, my wife and I are in the recovering stages from testing positive for the Coronavirus – and I can assure you that it is not something to be taken lightly.
And so, with all this in mind – I am sad that we cannot pay our respects for the fallen in our usual way but that doesn’t lessen our appreciation and heartfelt thanks for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Alternatives have been suggest by the Royal British Legion and Poppy Scotland – which I have copied below for your information.
Every best wish and Blessings to you all – and please keep safe and well.
Rev Iain Ramsden
(Locum Minister at Kilmacolm Old Kirk)
REMEMBRANCE EVENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY CANCELLED DUE TO COVID
The annual national Remembrance events that were scheduled to take place in Edinburgh on Remembrance Sunday (8th November 2020) and Armistice Day (11th November 2020) will not be open to the public following confirmation of Coronavirus guidelines by the Scottish Government yesterday.
Under the Scottish Government Strategic Framework outdoor standing events are not permitted in areas placed in Levels 1 to 4, (we are in level 3) which means that traditional remembrance services and parades at outdoor war memorials must be cancelled. Services held in places of worship can proceed if undertaken in line with Government guidelines but will be limited in size.
However, Legion Scotland and Poppy Scotland are encouraging alternative arrangements to be made for marking remembrance this year. The public are being encouraged to take to their doorsteps at 11am on Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day to mark the two-minute silence. The BBC will televise proceedings from the Cenotaph in London on the 8th November and both charities will be broadcasting a virtual service of remembrance on November 11th.
Royal British Legion & Poppy Scotland.