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How communities in and around Ellon are marking Remembrance this year


By Kirsty Brown

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ELLON

Ellon British Legion regrets that there will be no Remembrance Sunday Parade and church service this year.

This is due to the prevailing Covid 19 situation and the current advice from the Scottish Government on large gatherings of people.

The Ellon Legion had been planning to hold a parade and remembrance ceremony as in previous years but the present restrictions and health concerns mean that this is not possible.

A very much scaled down ceremony will take place at the war memorial at 11am on Sunday November 8 to ensure that the occasion is marked appropriately.

The president and the chairman of Ellon Legion will lay wreaths on behalf of the Legion and the other organisations which normally participate.

A short service of commemoration will then be held, and a bugler and piper will also take part.

The Legion requests that people do not gather for this ceremony in order not to breach government guidelines, but hopes that individuals and families will hold their own act of remembrance at home.

Ellon Legion and Legion Scotland have made available templates of poppy-themed images which it is hoped will encourage people to place a symbol of remembrance in their windows or gardens to show that the sacrifice of so many, in so many conflicts is remembered in this turbulent year.

The short ceremony will be streamed on the Ellon Legion Facebook page so that people will be able to participate from a distance – please remember that in the interests of community health and safety this is the best way to prevent large groups gathering.

Fundraising for the Poppy Appeal this year has been greatly handicapped by the Covid 19 precautions and restrictions despite the best efforts of our resilient Poppy volunteers, so Poppy Scotland fears that its income will be substantially reduced.

Legion Scotland and Poppy Scotland are important charities which care for the many needs of ex services personnel over several generations and they depend heavily on the generous support of the public.

This year, in response to the unprecedented difficulties in traditional fundraising, it will be possible to donate online and to shop online at the Legion Scotland and Poppy Scotland shop.

Ellon Legion has also created a Justgiving page so that people who are unable to donate face to face may still make a much needed contribution, and you can find this at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ao-ellon

The 2019 parade in Ellon.
The 2019 parade in Ellon.

TARVES

The annual Act Of Remembrance in Tarves has been cancelled.

In it's place a number of Remembrance activities have been planed to show the community's respect for those who have given their lives in serving their country.

Legion member John Thomson will read the Roll of Honour, and this will be shared on Tarves Parish Church's Facebook page on Sunday November 8.

Wreaths will be laid at staggered times on behalf of the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Aberdeenshire Council and the Royal British Legion.

The Brownies have painted stones and will be laying these around the war memorial.

Poppies bearing the names of those who have been lost locally will be placed around the war memorial.

A short service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving will be held on Zoom at 10.15am on Sunday, and all are welcome to join by internet or telephone.

Details for joining the service are available by calling Susanna on 851345.

People are invited to join in the national two minute silence at 11am on Sunday by standing at their doors - the beginning and end will be marked by the ringing of the Church Bell.

A net and poppies will be placed behind the war memorial, and families might like to take a poppy to add to the net.

Poppies are available to purchase in local shops, and donations for Poppy Scotland can also be given in these premises.

METHLICK

The traditional events have also been cancelled in Methlick this year, with Methlick Legion encouraging residents to participate in Doorstep Remembrance at 11am.

This invites people across the country to stand on their doorsteps to witness the two minute silence and pay tribute to those who fought, and continue to fight, for our country.

In lieu of local fundraising events AO Methlick have set up an online donations page to help raise money for Poppy Scotland, and anybody wishing to donate can do so at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/AO-Methlick .



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