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Remembrance Sunday 

Remembrance Sunday, which falls on 8th November in 2020, is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

Due to the unprecedented restrictions as a result of COVID-19, Remembrance activities this year have been severely curtailed, however the City of Ely Royal British Legion will be honouring the Armistice as detailed below. 

For more information about national remembrance events, please visit the Royal British Legion website.

Government guidance

In line with Government guidance on Remembrance events, the following categories of people are legally permitted to attend:

  • People attending as part of their work (such as local councillor, local faith leaders, the local MP)
  • People attending in a voluntary capacity on behalf of a recognised organisation
  • Members of the armed forces
  • Veterans of the armed forces, and/or their representatives or carers

We are legally obliged to ensure that Track and Trace records are compiled and so QR codes will be on display around the Market Square for attendees to log their attendance.  

We would ask though that attendance is kept to a minimum and in line with national Royal British Legion advice, that people stay at home and conduct their own personal acts of remembrance, by pausing for 2 minutes silence in their home or on their doorsteps.

Remembrance Service – Sunday 8th November 2020

A Remembrance Service will still go ahead at 1030hrs, but it will be behind closed doors in line with the Governments restrictions on communal worshipping, with just the celebrants and choir in attendance. The service will however be live streamed via 'Spotted in Ely' which can be accessed via Facebook. 

Their will be no parade this year, but the branch will be conducting a very limited and socially distanced Remembrance event at the War Memorial on the Market  Square at 1130hrs.  2 Standards will be in attendance and a small number of wreaths will be laid.


Armistice Day - 11 November 2020

A short and socially distanced service of Remembrance and wreath laying will take place at the Ely War Memorial between 1045hrs and 1115 hrs on Wednesday 8 Nov 19.

Please contact David Martin, Chairman City of Ely Branch of the Royal British Legion,  CityOfEly.chairman@rbl.communityfor further details.



For the Purchase of Poppy Wreathes please contact our Poppy Appeal Organiser, Mr Les Wilson (see our Branch Information page for contact details). 


"On Remembrance Sunday, the City of Ely will participate in the national act of Remembrance to commemorate and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The following is my personal perspective. I left the armed forces in 1998 and whilst I always attended the Remembrance Service at Ely Cathedral (details of which are here I never thought I would march on the parade. Part of me thought been there done that, part thought parades were associated with the whole reason I left the army and at the time a perception that the Armed forces didn't carry much favour with the public.

Last year I changed my view. In part this was down to being involved in the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and having a much greater exposure to the work the Legion undertakes. In part a realisation that I am very proud of the time I spent in the army but more importantly the comments we received while collecting for last years Poppy Appeal in Ely of how great forces people were.

So last year I pressed my shirt, put a bit of spit and polish on my shoes. Put a suit on and dug out the medals that hadn't seen the light of day since 1998. I looked at them and remembered the experiences I had "earning" them. I remembered the fantastic friends I made who I'm still in touch with today. The laughs, tears, pain and joy I experienced. The long tours away from home and the adjusting. The worry of how loved ones were coping with separation and the inevitable adjusting to normality on my return. Simple things like kitchen cupboards being rearranged and things not being where they were before I went on tour, getting used to being home again and the stresses of starting to decompress and relax. It also brought back the memory of how my loved ones and friends helped me through this and how today I'm still adjusting. I earned those medals and had the experiences to prove it.

So I marched on the parade last year. Surprised myself by remembering a bit of foot drill, felt proud to be standing with people who had shared the same experiences and was amazed by the comments of people on the market square and lining the streets.

I'm marching again this year. I'm marching to remember those who have fallen. I'm marching in support of comrades still serving and the sacrifices they are prepared to make and I'm marching in support of our loved ones, family and friends. Grateful for their love, support and friendship.

So this is a call to all those service personnel and veterans in Ely. It's time to show Ely how proud you are of the time you spent in the armed forces. Get some polish on those shoes, clean those medals and get yourself on parade this Sunday. All light duties and excused boots chits are cancelled. Get you neck in the back of the collar and look up, look proud. Press down on the thumb and get on the heel. Let's show Ely a bit of pride and swagger!"

'We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile'


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