Every year, Merton joins the nation and unites on Remembrance Sunday to honour the services of our armed forces and to remember those who have sacrificed their lives to secure and protect our freedom.
This year, to comply with social distancing measures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the boroughs Remembrance Sunday parades will not go ahead and the services at our war memorials will be small socially distanced events.
Mayor of Merton, Councillor Sally Kenny said: “In the year when we have marked the 75th anniversary of VE Day and VJ Day, it is with great sadness that this year’s Remembrance events have had to be severely restricted and the boroughs usual parades unable to go ahead.
“The safety of everyone during this extraordinary time is paramount, which is why I am asking residents to stay safe and pay tribute from home on Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day. I know this is will be disappointing for many people, but there are still many ways we can all show support for our Armed Forces Community.
“Wear your poppy with pride, download and print The Royal British Legions iconic Remembrance Poppy to display at home, watch the broadcast of the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in London on Sunday 8 November, and view the borough’s Armistice Day service from home on Wednesday 11 November.
“Although this year is going to be a little different, I know we will all come together to honour those who served and remember their sacrifice.”
Armistice Day, Wednesday 11 November: The service at Morden Civic Centre will be recorded for the public to watch from home – more details to follow.