TODAY (March 23) – the National Day of Reflection – Monmouthshire County Council will be among those organisations and individuals pausing to reflect and remember all those who have died over the past year, including those lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. Trees dedicated to their memory will be planted at the council’s Tintern Old Station picnic site and its County Hall headquarters in Usk.
In addition, council staff have been invited to participate in a short live-streamed ceremony with a minute’s silence at noon.
In Abergavenny, the council will illuminate the town’s Market Hall in yellow light on the evening, joining major buildings throughout Wales – an initiative set up by the Covid-19 Families-Wales group. Members are urging residents across the country to ‘light up Wales to remember’.
Councillor Sheila Woodhouse said:
“At this time of national reflection, we think of those who have lost loved ones – family members and friends whose absence has touched us all so deeply. As Chairman of Monmouthshire County Council, I would like to thank you all for the part you have played in keeping your families and communities safe during these difficult days.”
Monmouthshire residents will be able to visit the trees at The Old Station as soon as lockdown restrictions allow. A video of the dedication will be shared via the council’s website and its Facebook and Twitter social media channels after the national minute’s silence at noon on Tuesday 23rd March.