The National Day of Reflection was held on Tuesday 23 March to mark one year since the first Covid-19 lockdown in the UK. The event called on people to remember those who had lost their lives to the pandemic during the past year.
The day, led by Marie Curie charity, included a minute’s silence and many landmark buildings were lit up in yellow as part of the commemorations. A special video by Imam Raza Ahmad of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK was also shared as part of the series of special messages featured by Marie Curie on the day, that brought together different faith perspectives on the past year.
Other activities included an initiative by the Forest of Memories team Salmaan Nasir, James Young and Cllr Ifti Chaudhri of Runnymede working with the National Trust to bring this project to the historic Runnymede fields where the world famous Magna Carta was signed. Further remembrance events are planned for this year by various charities including a Forest of Memories that will see trees planted for each life lost.