New Ways to Remember

This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday, an occasion to remember those who have fought, suffered and died in wars that have led to the peace we now enjoy. In any normal year we would have a shorter, earlier Remembrance Day service at St John’s and then make our way down to the memorial outside St Bridget’s Catholic Church for a public Act of Remembrance at 11am. This year, with the second lockdown in place, and no worship services allowed in buildings or public gatherings permitted, things will of course be very different. However, there are still a number of ways to mark the occasion in an appropriate way.

Our YouTube church service for tomorrow goes live at 9.45am and will include a talk and prayers themed around Remembrance including a short moment of silence to remember the fallen. It also might be worth tuning in to the national coverage of the parades and service at the cenotaph which has received special permission to go ahead, despite the lockdown.

Locally, the Isleworth British Legion have permission to lay their wreaths at the Isleworth memorial at 11 am on Remembrance Sunday, along with those from key dignitaries. Everything will be carefully monitored as a result of the social distancing restrictions and lockdown guidance. Local people are advised not to attend at 11am, but encouraged to visit the memorial as part of the daily exercise at other times during the day to pay their respects at the wreaths, if they wish.

A video has already been produced by volunteers from the Isleworth 390 Project with an Act of Remembrance at the memorial and with words and prayers from Rev Ali Walton of All Saints church. You can watch this video at this link here, or can see the video and find out more about the 390 names of servicemen listed on the Isleworth memorial at the project website: isleworthww1.co.uk

Dave Maclure