St Thomas’ to join Monday’s ‘Lights Out’ vigil
St Thomas’ church will hold its own candle-lit vigil next Monday, coinciding with similar Lights Out services across the country it has been announced.
St Thomas’ Church will now join Slough Borough Council and other local organisations in holding its own candle-lit vigil from 10pm until 11pm on Monday August 4 2014 to mark the centenary of the Britain’s declaration of war against Germany and the beginning of the First World War for this country.
Everyone in the UK is invited to take part in Lights Out by turning off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on 4 August, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection.
14-18 NOW WW1 Centenary Art Commissions is behind the campaign, working closely with the Royal British Legion. It hopes to light one million candles across the UK to remember each and every one of those Service men and women who gave their lives in World War I.
lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime
The campaign, which takes its name from words uttered by Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary at the time, has won backing from Maidenhead MP and home secretary Theresa May who has called for members of the public to take part.
Slough Borough Council has been preparing its own Lights Out vigil to be held at the new War Memorial in the town centre to be unveiled this weekend.
The occasion will be also be marked in Maidenhead Town Hall, where the light in the Mayor’s Parlour will be illuminated. Other local authorities supporting the event including High Wycombe, Spelthorne, Bracknell, Hounslow and Richmond.
Westminster Abbey will hold a vigil from 10pm to 11pm which will be broadcast live on BBC Two. The congregation will extinguish candles across the hour before the final, symbolic flame is put out at 11pm.
While 14-18 NOW has been gathering the support of local authorities, buildings, businesses and organisations across the UK, RBL community leaders have been organising candlelit gatherings at local war memorials and other places for members of their communities to join together.
While Royal British Legion gatherings will naturally remember the fallen, Lights Out encourages reflection of any kind and should encompass any personal thoughts about what WW1 means to the individual today.
People can, however, take part in whatever way they choose, marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War either individually or by attending one of the many events being organised around the country for a collective experience.
A free mobile phone app has been developed to support the event on Android and Apple phones.