Portsmouth urged to hold minute's silence to mark Day of Reflection year on from first Covid lockdown
THE city’s residents are being asked to observe a minute’s silence to reflect on the trials and tribulations of the past year.
The Marie Curie’s National Day of Reflection on March 23 will mark the one year anniversary since the start of the first coronavirus lockdown.
People are also being encouraged to join Marie Curie’s light up the night initiative at 8pm on Tuesday, by standing on their doorsteps with a light to show support for those going through a bereavement.
The minute’s silence is due at midday on March 23 – a year since the country went into lockdown.
Leader of Portsmouth City Council Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson said: ‘The anniversary of the first lockdown will be a poignant moment for the whole community and especially so for those who have lost a loved one during the pandemic.
‘It's a chance to pause and reflect on the past year and express our hope for what lies ahead. This anniversary also presents an opportunity to say thank you for the ongoing heroism of our critical workers and volunteers and recognise the vital steps each person is continuing to take every day to protect others and the NHS.’
The News has paid tribute to many of those who have sadly lost their lives during the pandemic, including dedicated couple Les and Jean Hanks who sadly died just two days apart.
Tuesday will also see the city’s cathedral host a virtual online service in memory of those who have lost their lives to the pandemic.
The council has confirmed that in May the city will officially recognise the contribution of critical workers, volunteers and other pandemic heroes by presenting the Freedom of the City to all those who've supported Portsmouth's residents over the past year.
The Coronavirus Civic Awards will also recognise the valuable contribution of extraordinary individuals in the city.