National pause to reflect at noon today

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Today (23rd March) marks one year since we entered the first national lockdown to reduce the spread of Covid-19.   

To commemorate the anniversary, a national day of reflection is being held across the country giving people the opportunity to remember loved ones and reflect on all that has happened over the past twelve month.

At noon, there will be a nationwide one minute silence in memory of all those who have died.

This evening, at 8pm, people are being encouraged to stand on doorsteps with phones, candles and torches to signify a "beacon of remembrance".

Public buildings across the UK will be lit up and London’s skyline will turn yellow, including landmarks such as the London Eye, Trafalgar Square and Wembley Stadium and churches and cathedrals will toll bells and light candles to mark the event.

Over 250 organisations are supporting the day, from across both the public and private sector, including charities, the emergency services, care organisations, businesses and community groups.

Published 23rd March 2021