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Caithness residents urged to 'remember at home' on Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day

By John Davidson

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There will be no gatherings for Remembrance Sunday this year due to coronavirus.
There will be no gatherings for Remembrance Sunday this year due to coronavirus.

People in Caithness are being urged to mark Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day at home this year.

Following the latest Scottish Government guidance on commemorative events, Highland Council will not be organising any parades, events or services taking place on Remembrance Sunday, November 8, or Armistice Day, Wednesday, November 11.

Instead, locals, residents and veterans will be encouraged to pay their respects at home, by observing the national two-minute silence and to donate to the Poppy Scotland appeal at www.poppyscotland.org.uk

Highland Council said it understood the need and desire of people who wish to pay their respects for our Armed Forces communities past and present, but coronavirus does not permit the means for safe public gatherings.

The local authority is asking people to continue to follow Scottish Government guidance and to avoid crowded places and to keep safe and ‘remember at home’.

A spokesman said: "We are immensely proud of our Armed Forces past and present and recognise the huge amount of work that the annual Scottish Poppy Appeal raises for veterans, so we would encourage people to donate online if they can and to show their respects at home observing the two-minute silence.

"We must protect and support our National Health Service and the best way to do this is to fight coronavirus by removing the opportunity for its spread. It is for these reasons that the council is encouraging people to commemorate the Remembrance at home. The health and wellbeing of residents and veterans is paramount.

"Everyone will have the opportunity to pay their respects, from the safety of their living rooms or on their doorsteps, as Highland comes together to reflect and remember on Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day."

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