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05-11-20

NFCC Chair to lay wreath at closed-ceremony Centotaph Remembrance Service

Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council, Roy Wilsher, will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph in London, as part of a closed socially-distanced ceremony this Remembrance Sunday (8 November), on behalf of the civilian services.

Although the current pandemic and lockdown restrictions are preventing the usual march-past from taking place, Mr Wilsher will join members of the royal family, government and armed forces in Westminster at 11am this Sunday, for a two-minute silence and wreath laying.

Every year, the NFCC Chair lays a wreath to commemorate and honour those who lost their lives in the two world wars and later conflicts, paying tribute to the special contribution of families and the emergency services.

During World War I, around 65 million men were mobilised across Europe. More than 21 million people were wounded, 8.5 million were killed and 7.7 million were taken prisoners of war. 

I am very honoured to be laying a wreath at this year’s Remembrance Sunday ceremony in London.

Roy Wilsher, NFCC Chair

Women played a huge role in World War I and made up a substantial part of the workforce, including munitions manufacturing in large numbers. During World War II, women across the country entered the volunteer fire service to take the place of men. 

NFCC Chair Roy Wilsher said: “This is an occasion that means a huge amount to me and despite the current lockdown restrictions I am very honoured to be laying a wreath at this year’s Remembrance Sunday ceremony in London.

“As we continue our fight against this awful pandemic and continue through this second lockdown, this is a particularly poignant time to reflect, remember and give thanks to the historically vital role of the fire and rescue service. They, along with other civilian services, have helped defend our country at times of war and conflict over the last century.

“Despite this year’s changes to the Remembrance Day service, I would encourage people to ensure this very special day is still marked appropriately by taking part in remote and socially distanced Remembrance activity.”

The Royal British Legion has also developed plans to ensure the Festival of Remembrance will go ahead this year and this will be broadcast on BBC One on Saturday 7 November.

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