When is Remembrance Day 2020 and how will Covid rules affect events?

REMEMBRANCE DAY 2020 will be slightly different as England continue to go through their four-week national lockdown.

Coronavirus has hampered many celebrations this year – but tributes to those who have lost their lives during armed conflicts will still take place, just on a much smaller scale than usual.

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When is Remembrance Day 2020?

Remembrance Day is always marked on November 11 and is a memorial to remember those members of the armed forces who have fought and died in the line of duty.

In 2020, this will be a Wednesday.

A two-minute silence isacknowledged at schools, offices and churches up and down the country.

The silence is a time for people to remember those who lost their lives fighting for their country.

The tradition was first started by King George V in 1919 to mark the end of World War I.

Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month", in accordance with the armistice.

The tradition of Remembrance Day evolved out of Armistice Day, as many countries changed the name during the Second World War.

Members of the Commonwealth adopted Remembrance Day, while the US chose Veterans Day.

Poppies are worn to mark the occasion.

The reason poppies are used is because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after the First World War ended.

Poppies are sold to raise money for servicemen and women who are still alive but whose lives have been changed by war.

When was Remembrance Sunday 2020?

Remembrance Sunday commemorates the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

It is held on the second Sunday in November every year.

In 2020, it was held on November 8.

It is usually marked by ceremonies held at war memorials up and down the country with many present and former members of the armed services attending.

How will Covid rules affect events?

While some acts of remembrance have been cancelled due to the Covid restrictions, many are still going ahead but with strict rules in place.

The annual Remembrance Sunday march past the Cenotaph did not take place this year.

The Government-led Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph still went ahead as a closed ceremony.

The main organisers of the events, the British Legion, say: “We are encouraging people across the nations to ensure Remembrance Sunday is still marked appropriately by taking part in remote and socially distanced Remembrance activity, whether that be watching the service on television or pausing for the Two Minute Silence in their home or on their doorsteps.”

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