Eastleigh Borough Council has announced the initiatives that are taking place to mark this year’s Remembrance to allow residents to honour the sacrifices that our armed forces and civilians have made in a way that ensures we all adhere to important social distancing guidelines.
The Council will be encouraging residents to mark Remembrance Sunday on 8 November and Armistice Day on Wednesday 11 November in a way that follows current government guidelines. There will be an online Remembrance ceremony and residents are encouraged to decorate their windows with homemade poppies and also adorn Eastleigh bandstand with poppies.
Eastleigh Online Remembrance Ceremony
A short remembrance ceremony will take place with key members of the armed forces community in attendance. The service will be filmed and shared with a link on the Council’s website and social media channels on Sunday 8 and Wednesday 11 November.
Remember at home
We are encouraging all residents to stand on their doorstep at 11am to honour the two minute silence.
Share your photos with us paying your respects at the memorials on social media using the hashtag #EastleighRemembers.
Turn Eastleigh Bandstand red
This year the Council and the Royal British Legion will decorating Eastleigh Bandstand with poppies to provide support in a very visual way as people will not be able to attend Remembrance Day parades and services. In a normal year the bandstand hosts the band and the bugler who plays the last post as part of the ceremony. In these extraordinary times this will be the first time the bandstand has been used in this way and we are encouraging local people to help turn the bandstand red with a sea of poppies. They can be there in spirt on the day as residents can tie poppies to this iconic Eastleigh landmark to help remember their loved ones in the days running up to Remembrance Day.
Decorate your windows - we are encouraging local households and businesses to make their own remembrance poppies to display in their windows.
Our team at the Point have produced some guidance on how to create your very own remembrance poppy.
You can also download and print an iconic remembrance poppy from The Royal British Legion website -
Hang your poppy in your window to show your support for the armed forces community from Sunday 8 November and make sure you share your pictures with us and on social media using the hashtag #EastleighRemembers, so we can share them with our social media followers.
Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Darshan Mann said: “It is important that we continue to come together to remember those who sacrificed so much for our freedoms today. The current situation means that we cannot all physically be together this year to remember and mark this important annual event. However, we can all be together in spirit and I encourage everyone to get involved with poppy displays and join us on their doorstep for our two-minute silence on Remembrance and Armistice Day.”