Never Forgotten - Remember from Home

Every year the nation unites to remember and honour those who fought and died in the line of duty.

Sadly, this year, the annual Remembrance Sunday parade in St Albans City Centre has had to be cancelled because of COVID-19 restrictions and the need to avoid large crowds gathering and ensure social distancing.

Everyone who would, under normal circumstances, lay a wreath can still do so, privately, between 1st and 11th November, either at the St Albans War Memorial on St Peter’s Street, or at your group’s usual meeting place or hall. If you do so, you must follow government guidance on COVID-19 safety at all times.

If you would like the Council to include a short clip or photograph of your wreath laying on our remembrance webpage, simply email your video (15 seconds maximum) to by 11th November 2020.

On Sunday the 8th of November from 10:50am, the Cathedral is holding its annual Service of Remembrance. This year it will be a virtual service, streamed live on YouTube.

The Mayor of St Albans and participants pre-recorded a Remembrance Service in the Council Chamber which can be viewed online and you can follow along with the Order of Service.

Message from the Mayor

Remembrance Sunday

Marking the end of the First World War on Remembrance Sunday, 8th November, at 11am, is challenging this year. Restrictions on public gatherings and the need to observe social distancing rules due to the Covid-19 pandemic mean that the usual parade and wreath laying service at the War Memorial in St Peters Street cannot go ahead.

I am hoping that our residents will make their own private arrangements for paying their respects to those who made so many sacrifices during both World Wars and subsequent wars in order to protect the freedoms we enjoy today. We are all in their debt and I’m sure many of you would like to recognise their suffering on our behalf in some way. You could perhaps lay a wreath at the War Memorial privately in the week before Remembrance Sunday.

You can also still mark the day appropriately by taking part in a ‘Remember at Home’ activity, whether that is watching the pre-recorded ceremony, pausing for the two-minute silence, putting a poppy in your window or placing a wreath on your door in order to show your thanks to those who gave so much for us.

I will, as usual, be attending the St Peter’s Street War Memorial on Wednesday 11th November to mark the two-minute silence, and will be joined by the Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire and the MP for St Albans in a private ceremony.

Ideas to help you Remember From Home

Poppy colour templates

There are lots of online templates for you to colour bright and beautiful poppies:

Colour in a Royal British Legion Poppy template or print a poppy poster

Try some of these templates:

Hand prints, poppy wreaths and other crafts

St Albans Rocks

Paint a stone and put in the Memorial Garden at the St Peter’s Street War Memorial. You could use some of the lovely examples from St Albans Rocks in the picture for inspiration. You could dedicate a rock to a soldier.