On the 11 November 1918, Allied forces and Germany signed the Armistice, an agreement to end fighting and begin peace negotiations, marking the end of the First World War. As a result of this significant moment in history, the annual tradition of Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919 across the British Commonwealth, then known as Armistice Day.
Despite originating as a result of the First World War, the nature of Remembrance encompasses all conflicts which have taken place since 1918. Throughout 2020, we have celebrated the 75th Anniversaries of both Victory over Europe Day (VE Day) and Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day), paying tribute to thousands of veterans who fought during World War Two. Remembrance Day is no exception, providing an opportunity to honour and reflect on the sacrifices of many of our 'forgotten heroes', whilst also showing respect to those currently serving in the Armed Forces and emergency services.
As a result of current COVID-19 restrictions, many commemorative events will be held online this year, enabling us to come together virtually, whilst we continue to protect each other and the NHS. Poppyscotland have worked hard to ensure that everyone can access the national symbol of Remembrance and support the Scottish Poppy Appeal 2020. To help you to support them, new technology has been made available to allow for safe processing of donations, including the Poppyscotland Virtual Field of Remembrance and contactless donations.
South Ayrshire Provost, Helen Moonie said: "There is no doubt that this year has been a particularly challenging time for us all, and unfortunately the usual commemorative events of Remembrance cannot take place.
"Much of this year has helped us better understand the things we hold in common and our shared humanity, all of which are reflected in the work of the Commonwealth and allied nations who have continued to stand together and protect us throughout the years.
On Remembrance Day 2020, I am proud to say thank you. Today and every day we will remember."
This year, we will commemorate Remembrance virtually across our social media channels Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.