With the new COVID19 measures in place, commemorating the fallen of two world wars and other conflicts will be more difficult in 2020. However, the Royal British Legion Brussels Branch has complied some ideas for Remembrance 2020 that offer us a variety of more personal ways to remember this year.
Visit your nearest Commonwealth War Grave
Belgium has 625 war grave cemeteries commemorating those who fell in the First and Second World Wars. Go to the RBL Brussels website for details of nine cemeteries in Brussels and the surrounding areas. You can contact RBL Brussels to obtain a wreath or poppy cross or stick. The Legion would love to see your pictures and share our Acts of Remembrance. Obviously any visits you make must be conducted in accordance with current Belgian COVID restrictions.
Request a Remembrance Tribute
The Brussels Branch Committee will plant your personal tribute on a poppy cross/stick at a Commonwealth War Grave on your behalf. Send the RBL your message here.
Virtual Field of Remembrance
You can add your personal tribute to a virtual Field of Remembrance. Just follow this link to leave your tribute.
Write to a Second World War veteran
The Legion is inviting children to write a letter to our Second World War veterans living in Belgium. For more details, contact the RBL Brussels branch directly.
Watch Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph
The BBC coverage of the Cenotaph service will start from 11.15hrs on Sunday 8 November (also on BBC Radio 4). If you can't get the BBC then use the links on the RBL Brussels website to watch a livestream of a Remembrance Sunday service online at Winchester, Exeter, or Dover.
Observe the two-minute silence at 11.00hrs on 11 November
Take two minutes on Wednesday 11 November to pause and honour those who gave their lives for peace and freedom.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Please contact the Royal British Legion Brussels Branch to order wreathes or poppy crosses/sticks for your Act of Remembrance or make a direct donation (details below).
RBL Brussels donations should be made to: RBL Brussels, account no.: BE89 2100 1555 2485 with the reference: Poppy Appeal 2020
To find out more or contact the branch visit the RBL Brussels website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.