WW1 CENTENARY COMMERATION 11TH NOVEMBER 2018
On 3 August 1914, Britain’s foreign minister, Sir Edward Grey, was looking out of his office window. It was dusk, and gas lights were being lit along London’s Mall, leading to Buckingham Palace, when he remarked to a friend, “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime”. Our country was about to be plunged into the darkness of the First World War (WW1), and it would be four long years before Britain and Europe would again experience the light of peace.
In commemoration and remembrance of the end of the war and the many millions who were killed or came home dreadfully wounded, a chain of 1000 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories at 7pm on the 11 November 2018 – a century after the guns fell silent.
The event will also commemorate the huge army of men and women on the home front who, often in dangerous and exhausting conditions, underpinned the war effort – keeping the wheels of industry turning, bringing the harvests home and ensuring the nation did not starve. The beacons will symbolise the light of hope that emerged from the darkness of war, and The Ivers Parish Council are honoured to join in this important national commemoration on Sunday 11 November 2018.
The Royal British Legion & The Ivers Parish Council invite residents, all military personnel and their families to reflect and remember the huge sacrifice that so many made in the First World War and to say thank you to those who rebuilt the country after the war at a special event on November 11th 2018.
There are four elements to the commemoration.
At 6am the sound of 1,000 bagpipes will fill the air before dawn has broken on November 11. In cities and towns throughout the land individual pipers will play Battle’s o’er — a traditional air played by pipers after a battle, which will herald the start of the day’s commemorations.
At 6.55pm the Last Post will be played at many of the 1,000 WWI Beacon sites throughout the United Kingdom, involving young people and others paying their personal tribute to those that gave their lives during World War One. The beacons are then lit at 7pm.
At 7.05pm there will be ‘ringing out for peace!’ As beacons blaze around the country, bells in 1,000 churches and cathedrals will ring out in celebration of the end of the First World War. Many people in Britain live within hearing of church bells, which call congregations to prayer and mark special occasions.
The Royal British Legion will host the local commemorative service at their premises on Church Road, Iver Heath, the Beacon generously donated by South Bucks District Council will be lit by local veterans, and parking is available by kind permission of Pinewood Studios in the field adjacent to the British Legion Clubhouse. Refreshments will be available curtesy of the British Legion to include a BBQ, hot chocolate and the Clubhouse Bar will also be open to resident’s and attendees.
Residents will note Silent Soldier Silhouettes (with funding secured from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund) will appear on benches across the three village centres to mark the centenary, they will also grace the pews of the local churches, and poppy planting will be carried out by the local school children and the scouts.
The Ivers Parish Council would wholeheartedly encourage residents, residents associations, volunteer groups, local organisations and businesses to actively join in this 100 year remembrance by planting poppy’s or displays of red planting to mark the event. Further updates to follow.
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