Wednesday (25 March) saw the planting of a Covid Memorial tree in the grounds of Old Forde House. The tree will symbolise the Teignbridge residents who have died from Covid, and will provide a lasting testament to the outstanding efforts from individuals and groups across the district, who have helped people affected by the pandemic.
The tree planting took place on the Marie Curie-run National Day of Reflection, which marks the second anniversary of the first lockdown in May 2020. Members and special guests were welcomed by Council Chair Colin Parker, and a short ceremony including a minute's silence took place to pay tribute to loved ones who had lost their lives, and to show compassion and love to people who are grieving.
Cllr Parker said:
"We should make this day a time to connect with each other, supporting the millions of people who are grieving, and remembering the family, friends,neighbours, and colleagues we've lost over the last two years"
"As a result of the pandemic, people from all walks of life have had to say goodbye to loved ones. At a time that is already unimaginably hard, grief and trauma during the pandemic was exacerbated by restrictions. Families and friends were precluded from being with their loved ones in their final moments and the ability to grieve for them at a funeral or similar gathering was also taken away."
"The 'National Day of Reflection' is a way for us, as a nation, to come together and acknowledge this lasting pain. With compassion and love, we can show those who are grieving that they are not alone."