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Knowsley Remembers from Home

by Cathy Sheel

Knowsley is unable to go ahead with outdoor Remembrance commemoration events this year due to the need to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

While Remembrance Day 2020 will be different to usual, people are still able to show their respects as we are encouraged to “remember from home” to ensure people’s safety.

The war memorials in Knowsley have still been dressed and are looking lovely as a mark of respect for all those lost in conflict.

Anyone who would like to lay a wreath at one of the borough’s three Cenotaphs was invited to do so in advance of Remembrance Sunday, in order to to help to reduce the numbers of people gathering at our Cenotaphs.

You may also like to show your respects by displaying a picture of a poppy in your window.  We have a colour poster for you to download, print and display.

Children may like to create their own poppy picture which can provide a fun and educational activity.  While they get creative, you can chat about why poppies are used to remember those who have given their lives in battle – as they were the flowers which grew on the battlefields after World War One ended.  If your children prefer to colour-in, you could download and print off our colouring in poster and display the finished piece in your window.

Remembrance Day 2020

As part of “remember from home”, people are encouraged to pay their respects by stepping outside the front door at 11.00am on Sunday 8 November 2020, and again on 11 November 2020, for the two-minutes silence.

This short film shows the Mayor of Knowsley, the Leader of the Council, and the Leaders of the Council’s Opposition Parties laying wreaths across the borough as part of this year’s commemorations and the Greystone Footbridge will be illuminated red as we “remember from home” the lives lost to conflict over many generations.

Councillor Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member and Knowsley Council’s Member Champion for the Armed Forces, said:

“Like many councils up and down the country, we aren’t able to go ahead with our Remembrance Service or parade this year.  We have to help to ensure people’s safety as the number of COVID-19 cases is so high across our City Region.

“Whilst we may not be able to come together in the usual way, there is a strong spirit amongst people in Knowsley, and I’m sure many of you will “remember from home” and join me on our doorsteps as we unite in remembering on Remembrance Day 2020.”

Although the decision not to hold services this year applies to all outdoor commemorations, many indoor church services will still go ahead on the day in line with current social distancing protocols.

Picturing 100 Years

The Kirkby Gallery and Prescot Museum have launched ‘Picturing 100 Years’ in partnership with 33 Signal Squadron at Alamein Barracks in Huyton. The project, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Royal Corps of Signals, will see100 Culture and Storytelling Boxes of art materials and practical resources distributed in the Armed Forces community and the Royal Signals Association, to create artwork, poetry and creative writing which will be displayed at Kirkby Gallery alongside objects from the Reservists’ Collection.  Captain Bob Dobson talks about his early years in the armed forces and introduces the project.

Read more about ‘Preserving the Past with the Present for the Future‘ – a ‘living archive’ at Prescot Museum capturing the oral history of today from veterans, current reservists and their families.