Remembrance in Godalming
Remembrance Sunday, one of the most important dates in the Town’s Civic Calendar is on Sunday, 8 November.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION – In the light of the higher restrictions that come into force on the 5 November, Godalming Town Council will sadly not be able to hold the Town’s Remembrance Parade or Service at St Peter & St Paul’s Church. However, the Mayor will lay a tribute at the War Memorial and honour those from the town who have served or are serving.
The Act of Remembrance at the Phillips Memorial Park will be filmed and streamed live on the day and can be viewed on Facebook from 10.45am. The film will also be available to view on You Tube after the event.
The Town Council fully appreciates Godalming residents may still wish to visit the War Memorial during the Remembrance period to pay their respects, however, please avoid visiting the memorial at 11.00 am on Remembrance Sunday. If you do visit the War Memorial, please ensure you adhere to the latest guidelines and observe social distancing. The Royal British Legion is encouraging residents to take part in the Two Minutes Silence on their doorstep or inside their homes as a mark of Remembrance at 11.00 am on Remembrance Sunday.
Godalming Town Mayor, Cllr Penny Rivers said “Godalming Town Council in the pursuit of peace, acknowledges and fully respects our armed forces and hopes the sacrifices paid by those who have gone before is not needed as it was then. COVID-19 affects everything we do, yet we will mark Remembrance 2020 with respect, dignity and safety.”
In addition to watching the Act of Remembrance live stream on Sunday, 8 November, the Mayor is encouraging all residents, whether at home or at work, to honour those who paid the ultimate sacrifice by observing the National Two Minute Silence at 11.00 am on Wednesday, 11 November.
Thank you for your cooperation.
As with many other usual activities, this year’s national Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal is severely affected by the current restrictions. Residents can support our Service Veterans and those currently serving in the Armed Forces, including those playing their role in the COVID-19 pandemic, by visiting the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal Online Shop.