Monday November 9th 2020 –Remembrance Sunday had been much different this year, but perhaps that made it even more poignant.
There had been a ban on gatherings to remember the fallen due to coronavirus, but many war memorials saw spontaneous gatherings and small, socially distant, local ceremonies, which given the current conditions, was perfectly appropriate.
Because of the situation, many memorials and displays this year had been more devotional, like my favourite in Darlaston. Always an intimate, beautiful memorial, the statue of the lone Tommy on this plinth had more going on at his feet this year than wreaths and crosses when I called by on Monday.
Decorated stones, roses, envelopes, tributes to the NHS and the 75th anniversary of VJ Day.
Life in the pandemic has been strange, and it’s changed a lot of things. But it’s good to see traditions and respect being upheld, even if in unusual ways and circumstances.