Christina Rees, MP for Neath, will be marking Remembrance Sunday amid very different circumstances as Covid-19 forces changes to annual events.
This year, with Wales still in lockdown until next week and England going into a new lockdown from Thursday 5th November, Remembrance Day services and ceremonies have either been cancelled or stripped back to socially distanced events. The march past the Cenotaph in Whitehall will not happen, although a Government-led closed ceremony is taking place and will be televised. First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford will lay a wreath at the National War Memorial in Cardiff. In Neath, on Armistice Day, the local branch of the Royal British Legion will lead a small private service of remembrance, which Christina will attend, alongside key delegates and Reverend Lynda Newman, Rector of Neath Benefice.
Christina Rees MP said:
“Remembrance Sunday is such a significant day in our national consciousness and although this year will be different, it remains incredibly important. I will be taking the time to honour our fallen servicemen and women, those who have been injured, those who experienced mental ill health, and all of those who have given their service to this country.
“We may not be able to come together to pay our respects in the way that we normally do, but we can still watch the televised proceedings and observe the Two Minute Silence, either in our homes or on our doorsteps.
“We will remember them.”