Remembrance Sunday

Wreath laying at war memorials in Wareham

The Mayor of Wareham, Councillor Lucia Kirk, visited the D-Day War Memorial on South Street on Sunday 8th November to lay a wreath on behalf of the Town Council in an act of Remembrance for the fallen.

Other local dignitaries and representatives were also in attendance to lay wreaths on behalf of veterans from the Armed Forces and local organisations.

The party then moved to the memorial within the cemetery at Lady St Mary Church, and the war memorial at St Martin on the Walls, where further wreaths were laid by organisations including the Lodge of St Martin.

Social distancing was observed at all times in compliance with Covid 19 restrictions.

D-Day War Memorial on South Street
Cemetery at Lady St Mary Church
War memorial at St Martin on the Walls
Wreathes laid on St Martin's War Memorial

Events affected by Covid-19 restrictions...

Officially, due to the current Covid-19 restrictions around social distancing and events, all Remembrance events, including normal church services and parade had to be cancelled on Sunday 8th November.

However, the Town Council, Church and Royal British Legion in Wareham didn’t want to do that. Instead, while we were mindful that we must adhere to the rules and ensure that we maintained the safety of our residents and organisations wishing to pay their respects in an act of remembrance, Lady St Mary Church held a Civic Service of Remembrance. The event was by invitation only, sadly restricted to 100, including the choir and clergy, but it was still possible for all our representative organisations to attend.

As part of the church service, representatives from all attending organisations were called to lay their wreaths at the alter steps. These wreaths were then taken up to the memorials later during the day.

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