Due to the current social restrictions and advice relating to the coronavirus pandemic, the Island’s Remembrance Day Parade followed by the Civic Act of Remembrance and wreath laying at Newport War Memorial was not able to take place this year.
The Lord-Lieutenant, the Chairman of the Isle of Wight Council and the MP laid wreaths on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen and the Island’s community on Sunday 8th November 2020, outside the Minster at Newport War Memorial.
Susie Sheldon, Lord-Lieutenant said, “The act of remembrance is of huge importance and significance for the Isle of Wight, so it is disappointing that for this year we cannot have a shared act of remembrance but must all mark the day privately.
“Just as it is important to look back and remember the sacrifices made by so many, we must also look forward to a time when we have collectively worked together to find a way through the virus and are once again free to gather together on this important day.”
George Cameron, Chairman of the Isle of Wight Council said, “I am sure that despite this disappointment, people will still mark this important occasion and by spending a few moments at 11.00 on the Sunday 8th and Wednesday 11th November, to “remember from home” all those that that gave their lives in war to protect our way of life.”
Anyone wishing to lay wreaths at the Newport War Memorial and any memorial across the Island are asked to do so over the course of Remembrance Sunday and also on Remembrance Day itself and in accordance with the latest social distancing guidance.