Rememberance Sunday 8 Nov 2020
Address by LCC Chair Des Loughney:
Good morning, can I welcome you all to our 2020 Remembrance Day ceremony at our local Memorial. This event has been organised by Longstone Community Council. My name is Des Loughney and I am chair of the Community Council. This memorial was opened in 1922 to commemorate the local armed services people who died in the two world wars: 48 in World War 1 and 24 in World War 2.
We are having to mark Remembrance Day in unusual circumstances being in the midst of the Covid 19 epidemic. We have had to restrict the numbers people attending to six, at least to six in close proximity to the Memorial.
The agenda for today is that I will say a few words and read the verse from the poem by Laurence Binyon ‘For the Fallen’ and make a few remarks. There will then be the two minutes silence. After that wreaths will be laid. People laying weaths are welcome to say a few words.
The ceremony will end once the last wreath has been laid.
I would like to remark on two things today in terms of our rememberance. I note that this year is the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the start of the Blitz. We need to remember the sacrifice of all those who fought in that crucial episode of the Second World War to stop Nazi Germany. We remember all those who gave their lives or who were injured in that period whether they were pilots, other RAF personnel, the workers who made Spitfires and Hurricanes, or the civilian victims of the bombs.
Now that we are in the midst of another crisis which has claimed many lives I think it is fitting that we remember the front line NHS staff and social care staff who lost their lives in providing essential services. We offer our symathy and solidarity to all those who lost loved ones in the last eight months.
Laurence Binyon “For the Fallen’
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Response: we will remember them.