WWII Hero, 100, Will Stand On Doorstep To Mark Remembrance Sunday After Parade Cancelled
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A 100-year-old World War II hero has said he will pay his respects for his fallen comrades on his doorstep after military parades were cancelled due to lockdown.
Frank Reynolds hasn't missed a single Remembrance Day commemoration since being in WWII and his family say this year will be no different, despite the fact all parades are called off due to the pandemic.
His son said Mr Reynolds will wear his medals and observe the two minutes silence at 11am today while standing outside his home - and observing social distancing, of course.
Son Richard, 74, from Leeds, said: "Dad is immensely proud of his time in the army. He always used to go to the Royal Engineers reunion.
"He did keep in touch with his former comrades, but sadly the majority of them have died now."
The great-grandfather was just 18 when he was called in August 1939 to the seventh/ninth Royal Scots.
He went on to serve with the Royal Engineers and spent much of his time in Egypt during the war.
Today, the Remembrance Sunday commemorations up and down the country will look vastly different to years gone by.
The Royal British Legion has asked those who wish to pay their respects to step out onto their doorsteps at 11am for the two minute silence or display a poppy in their window.
The Royal British Legion's Director General, Charles Byrne said: "Remembrance is a unique time in the year when people from all communities, cultures and ages come together and pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces community, past and present.
"This year, however, we can't stand together at Remembrance services and therefore the Legion is urging people to participate remotely and visually show their support by placing a poppy in their window, or standing on their doorstep for the two minute silence."
You can download and print off a poppy from The Royal British Legion website, or draw your own - and you can tune into the Festival of Remembrance and service at the Cenotaph on BBC One this morning.
The charity is also urging people to donate, if they can - after face-to-face collections have been cancelled due to the pandemic, the Royal British Legion says it could lose out on millions of pounds.
If you want to donate, or download a poppy, you can do so here.
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