The Town Council recently announced plans for a reduced Remembrance Event at the War Memorial on Sunday 8th November. However, since the Melksham News last went to print, military personnel received a directive from the Government, prohibiting their attendance.
This means we are unable to hold an event in Melksham this year. People are instead encouraged to pay respects from their doorsteps at 11am on Remembrance Sunday.
Alternatively, if you wish to make a private arrangement to lay a wreath at The War Memorial, please do so in your own time, but take great care to observe prevailing government COVID-19 security guidelines at the time of your visit.
We trust you share our disappointment that the service cannot go ahead this year in these difficult circumstances and unprecedented times, but the Town Council can only respect the instructions of the government to its military personnel.
Our key priority is and must remain the safety of the people of this town. Many of our veterans too, will be of increasing years and therefore potentially more vulnerable to bad outcomes from this virus.
Thank you to the Melksham News for their support in publicising the news regarding the cancelation of this year’s service.
Thank you too for your understanding, and we hope to resume with the usual commemorations next year.