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National Day of Reflection - Tuesday 23 March 2021

Henley Town Council marks national ‘Day of Reflection’ on the anniversary of the first lockdown.

At sunrise on the 23rd of March (weather permitting) the Town Hall flag will be lowered to half-mast. It will be raised again at sunset.

At noon, Mayor of Henley-on-Thames, Cllr Ken Arlett and Town Clerk, Sheridan Jacklin-Edward will hold 1 minute’s silence on the Town Hall steps.

Mayor of Henley-on-Thames, Cllr Ken Arlett said: ‘The anniversary of the first lockdown is a poignant moment, particularly for those who have lost loved ones during the pandemic.  The silence will allow us to reflect on the past year and express our hopes for the future. It is also a time to recognise the extraordinary dedication of the key workers and volunteers in our community and to acknowledge the steps each person is continuing to take every day to protect others.’

A further minute’s silence will be held at the beginning of our Full Council Meeting at 7.30pm that evening.

Background

The initiative was originally proposed and developed by Marie Curie Cancer Care and gained momentum over the weekend. It is also hoped people will help create a nationwide ‘beacon of remembrance’ on their doorsteps by beaming phones, candles and torches into the night sky at 8.00pm.