Oxford City Council is flying its flag at half-mast today (Tues 23 March) to mark the national Day of Reflection, the first anniversary of national lockdown, a day to reflect on our collective loss.
“As we reflect on a year since we first went into lockdown, we remember all those we have lost in the last year. Our thoughts are also with those whose lives have been changed by the pandemic. Those who have lost a loved one, those who have struggled with their physical and mental health as a result of this disease. We reflect also on the inequalities this pandemic has brought into sharp relief, and think of those communities that have borne the heaviest burdens. Today our flag is lowered to half-mast in remembrance of lives lost, and we will join with the millions marking a minute silence at midday. After a year of anxiety, isolation and loss we all need this moment to collectively reflect and grieve. I hope that later in the year we will be able to come together in person to pay tribute to the losses and sacrifices this pandemic has brought, as your Council we are already looking at how this might be safely and respectfully organised for the city.
“But amongst the sadness there is also hope. We have seen how people pull together to support each other in times of need. We know that there are so many willing to help strangers and friends through the toughest times. As a Council we have worked alongside you, understanding the needs in our communities and joining with others to help the most vulnerable. Today as we reflect and remember let’s also think of the care and compassion we have seen, and commit to building on that, so that in another year’s time we can say the hardest lessons have not been forgotten.”
Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council