Wakefield Council asks residents to participate in a day of reflection
Wakefield Council is supporting Marie Curie's national day of reflection by asking residents to participate in a minute's silence at 12 noon on 23 March 2021. Mayor of the district, Councillor Charles Keith will be leading Wakefield District's minute of silence.
The Council is also encouraging residents to light a candle in memory of those who have passed away due to COVID-19 and to show support to those who are grieving.
Since the first lockdown began on 23 March 2020, 850 people in the Wakefield District have passed away because of the virus. The Council wants to commemorate this tragic loss of life by coming together, as a district, to remember them.
The day of reflection will give residents the chance to reflect on their own experiences, as well as remembering those who have lost their lives.
In memory of those who have passed away because of the virus, Cllr Denise Jeffery and Cllr Jack Hemmingway will be planting a large commemorative tree with a commemorative plaque next to County Hall.
As a mark of respect, the Union flag will be lowered to half-mast at the district's Town Halls and at County Hall.
Residents can find out more about the national day of reflection by visiting Marie Curie's website: www.mariecurie.org.uk/get-involved/day-of-reflection.
Schools across the district can to take part in the day by drawing or crafting flowers as a symbol of hope, writing poetry, creating a time capsule of 2020 or planting memorial flowers.
Cllr Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "It has been a year that nobody expected and one that has been incredibly difficult for many. We want to let our residents know that they are not alone, we are all in this together, and we aim to provide as much support as possible throughout the pandemic - and beyond.
"We feel that it is important that we come together to reflect on the past year, to show support to those who have sadly lost family and friends, and look ahead to a brighter tomorrow."
Residents can find local and national support services by visiting the Council's dedicated website page: www.wakefield.gov.uk/about-the-council/coronavirus-information/a-day-of-reflection