Armed Forces Events
We will remember them – Remembrance Sunday 2020
With new national restrictions set to come into place on Thursday 5 November, Remembrance Sunday will be commemorated across the district but in a different way than usual. With all events affected by the lockdown, residents and veterans are being encouraged to pay their respects at home, to stay safe, and to follow all the latest Government guidelines.
We are encouraging people to put poppy displays in windows – including giving a donation to RBLI to receive a download link for an official poppy to display or colour in and display (see www.britishlegion.org.uk/).
The Royal British Legion has confirmed that the annual Remembrance Sunday March Past the Cenotaph will not take place this year to protect the health and well-being of those who would have been travelling to and participating in the event. The Government led Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph will continue to go ahead as a closed ceremony. Despite changes this year, the RBL is encouraging people to ensure Rememberence Sunday is still marked appropriatly by taking part in remote and socially distant Remembrance activity, wether that be watching the service on television or pausing for the Two minute silence in their homes or on their doorsteps.
Dover Town Council has confirmed that on November 8 at 11am, the public can visit the town council website at https://dovertowncouncil.gov.uk/ to join in ‘Remember from Home’ officiated by Rev Sean Sheffield, Honorary Chaplain and Chaplain to The Royal Green Jackets Association. A single wreath will be laid by the Mayor, Councillor Gordan Cowan, on behalf of Dover Town Council and the people of Dover.
DDC Cabinet Member and Armed Forces Champion, Cllr Oliver Richardson, said: "We are immensely proud of our Armed Forces past and present. This year's Remembrance Sunday will of course be commemorated, but it will inevitably be in a different way. Our Armed Forces have always fought for us, now it's our turn to fight for them by ensuring these brave men and women are protected at this crucial stage in the pandemic, in line with the COVID-19 rules around public gatherings."
VE day 75 Commemorative video
We have released a new commemorative video to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8 May, when local dignitaries and Dover District residents paid their respects to those who lost their lives in WWll. A Toast was led by the Chairman of Dover District Council and residents celebrated at home during lockdown.
Please see link to our YouTube page.
Armed Forces Day, Saturday 27June 2020
Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday each June. In 2020, it will take place on Saturday 27 June.
Armed Forces Day celebrations begin on Monday 22 June when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country.
Reserves day will also provide an opportunity for the country to recognise our Reserve Forces.
The Ministry of Defence offer a grant for Armed Forces Day events of up to the value of 10,000, depending on the size and format of the event. The grant is match funded and can cover up to half the total costs of the event. For further information please visit: Armed Forces Day