Remembrance in COVID Time. Cenotaphs closed. Veterans cloistered. Citizens warned to stay away, safe from the pandemic. It’s a day off work in many places, but with so many now working from home, who would notice any difference?

On this day, most years, we’d stand shoulder to shoulder in a crowd, shivering, to witness sober parades and ceremonies. Today at 11 a.m., we go outside our front door. We cock our ears for the strains of a bugle or bagpipes. We scan the sky for the old war planes on their annual fly-over. We listen for the tribute of silence.