Mark war date with dark hour
Everyone urged to turn off the lights
EVERYONE in the UK is invited to take part in the commemoration of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War by turning off their lights for an hour on the evening on August 4.
LIGHTS OUT is being organised by 14-18 NOW, the official cultural programme for the commemorations.
The inspiration for the project comes from a famous remark made on the eve of the outbreak of war by Sir Edward Grey, the foreign secretary at the time, who said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”
Britain declared war on Germany at 11pm on August 4, 1914, ushering in one of the darkest periods in our history.
By turning off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on August 4, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection, people can take part in marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
Millions of people are expected to participate in LIGHTS OUT and hundreds of local authorities, iconic buildings and national organisations, including the BBC and the Royal British Legion,
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parish councils and places of worship have already pledged their support.
Landmarks such as Blackpool Illuminations, the Houses of Parliament, the Eden Project, Imperial War Museum and Tower Bridge will turn off their lights for that period.
The Royal British Legion has launched a campaign for at least one million candles to be lit across the UK and theatre productions including those of the National Theatre’s War Horse, both at home and abroad, will invite audiences to take part in project after their curtain calls.
The LIGHTS OUT campaign complements the candlelit vigil service to be held in Westminster Abbey from 10pm to 11pm on Monday, August 4.