Cheshire East Council has marked the one-year anniversary of the country going into Covid-19 lockdown.
People across the borough joined with the whole country as we observed the minute’s silence as part of the National Day of Reflection yesterday. This was a time for all council staff, councillors, and residents to pause and reflect and honour the loss, dedicated service, and sacrifice of the past year.
Plans are underway to commemorate the impact of the pandemic on the local community, acknowledging the loss and sacrifice, as well as the resilience and perseverance of all residents of Cheshire East throughout the first year of the pandemic. News of these commemoration plans will be announced in coming weeks.
Commenting on the National Day of Reflection and future commemoration plans, Councillor Sam Corcoran, leader of Cheshire East Council said: “This past year has been one of heartbreak, loss and challenge and sacrifice among all our families, friends, neighbours and communities. It is only right that we take some time to reflect upon the terrible impact of the pandemic and the many lives lost and impacted by suffering.
“As lockdown eases and we look towards some return to what we used to call normal life, it becomes even more important to honour the memory of those who are no longer with us, as well as the challenges that so many of us met and still meet with our partners right across local government, health, police, fire and rescue, the voluntary and community sector and business.
“We have encouraged all of our staff, members and residents to take part in this National Day of Reflection today to honour both loss as well as selfless dedication. The solemn way we do this should remind us of the fact that the pandemic persists, and we must remember to do our best to protect ourselves, our loved ones and each other at this time.”
Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council reflected on the last year and the ways in which life has changed: “It’s hard to imagine that just 12 months ago, the simple things that we took for granted like hugging friends and family, visiting loved ones in care homes or hospital, or going about our everyday lives without the need to socially distance are now the things that we often miss the most.
“This just reminds us why it has been important to pause and reflect on this one-year anniversary, as all our lives have changed so much over this time. As we take stock of this moment it seems fitting that we should look ahead this year to plans to honour all those we have lost, as well as to commemorate the perseverance, resilience and commitment shown by local people throughout these challenging times.”