Watford Town Hall and Watford Museum were amongst a host of prominent buildings and iconic landmarks across the UK that took part in Marie Curie’s ‘National Day of Reflection’ on Tuesday 23 March.
Published: 24 March 2021
The National Day of Reflection saw a nationwide minute of silence at 12 noon, with the Town Hall flag raised at half-mast. The Town Hall was later illuminated in yellow at 8pm and Watford Museum also took part in a beacon lighting ceremony. The day marked the first anniversary of UK lockdown, to remember those who have died during the pandemic, and to show support for everyone who has been bereaved.
Marie Curie estimates that over 3 million people have been bereaved since the pandemic began, yet many have been unable to properly say goodbye to loved ones or grieve. People were encouraged to place daffodils (fresh, drawn or crafted) in their windows as a symbol of hope and appear on their doorsteps at 8pm with candles, torches or simply lights from their mobile phones to share a beacon of support in these incredibly tough times.
Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “It’s been such difficult year for everyone in the town, with so many unable to properly say goodbye to their loved ones, comfort or even hug each other. Thank you to everyone who joined us on 23 March, the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown, for a National Day of Reflection and came together to reflect on this tragic loss of life, show support for people who’ve been bereaved and celebrate the lives of all those who’ve died.”
“It was also a moment to mark the service and sacrifice of the NHS, as well the amazing community spirit of the town to come together to help each other. As we recover from the pandemic and look forward to the prospect of a return to a more normal way of life, we must not forget the memory of those who are no longer with us and we need to continue to do all we can to protect ourselves and each other from this virus.”
To find out more about the National Day of Reflection visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/dayofreflection.