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Residents invited to Watford’s remembrance event

On Sunday 14 November, the Royal British Legion and other organisations will lay wreaths at Watford’s war memorial outside the Town Hall (3pm), to commemorate the service and sacrifice of the town’s armed forces community from the two World Wars up to the present day.

There will be two minute’s silence and a reading by the Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor and Chairman of the Council, Councillor Bilqees Mauthoor. The service will also be attended by the Vice Chairman and the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, with Watford residents are also invited to join in the ceremony and pay their respects.

Chairman of the Council, Bilqees Mauthoor said: “For Remembrance we unite across faiths, cultures and backgrounds to remember the service and sacrifice of our local Armed Forces community and beyond. There is huge pride in our town for those who are serving in our armed forces and enormous respect for our veterans. It is my honour to be a part of this remembrance event and I welcome residents to join us for the ceremony.”

The council is asking that those wishing to attend, follow the Covid-19 safety guidance by doing the following: arriving in plenty of time to avoid congestion, taking a rapid Covid test the day before the event, staying at home if showing symptoms and wearing a face covering if in close proximity with people you don’t normally meet with.

In another mark of respect to those who have fought in conflicts, silhouette figures of First World War soldiers or ‘Tommy’s’, have again been installed across Watford as part of an art installation run by the charity Remembered. It aims to educate all generations about why so many made the ultimate sacrifice, and to raise funds to help heal those suffering from the hidden wounds of war. For more information, including the map of the locations of the Tommy’s, please visit www.watford.gov.uk.