23 March 2021
Gwent Police Federation will be observing a minute’s silence at 12 noon today as part of a National Day of Reflection.
On 23 March 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the first national lockdown as part of efforts to try to stop the spread of Covid-19.
A year later, more than 126,000 people have lost their lives.
Today’s Day of Reflection, which has been organised by the charity Marie Curie, marks the first anniversary of the lockdown and aims to provide an opportunity to people to remember those who have died over the last 12 months.
A small service will be held at Force Headquarters at 11.50am, led by T/ACC Ian Roberts with a reading from the Force chaplain at 11.50am. This will be followed by a moment of silence and reflection at midday.
As part of the Day of Reflection, people are being encouraged to take part in the ‘beacon of light’ at 8pm by standing on their doorsteps or at their windows while shining a light from a candle, torch or mobile phone.
Gwent Police Federation branch chair Steve Thorpe says: “I think it is really important for us to observe this minute’s silence, remember those who have sadly lost their lives due to Covid-19 but also show our support for their families and friends.
“The last 12 months have been incredibly difficult and I don’t think anyone has remained untouched by the effects of the pandemic so coming together in this way may offer us all some comfort.”
The Federation is encouraging officers and police staff who have dealt with loss or bereavement, whether at work or home, to reach out for support if they need it. It can provide access to support services.