Royal British Legion asks residents to turn out their lights to mark centenary of Great War

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
8:38 AM

The Ely branch of the Royal British Legion is inviting East Cambridgeshire households and companies to join together in a moment of reflection to mark 100 years to the day that Britain entered the Great War.

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Lights Out is an initiative encouraging everyone to turn off their lights between 10pm and 11pm on August 4 – leaving only a single light or candle as a symbolic act of reflection.

A spokesman for the Ely’s Royal British Legion said: “On the night, we will remember more than a million British and colonial service personnel and merchant seaman who lost their lives in the First World War.

“We will be holding a commemoration in Ely’s Market Place at 10pm on August 4, involving the lighting of a symbolic candle on the war memorial and having a brief candle lit ceremony, which will include the reading of some poems and a two-minute silence.

“Everyone is welcome to attend and anyone wishing to bring a candle should place it in a suitable container to stop the wind from blowing it out, or you may bring a torch. “A special centenary candle is available to buy from Marks and Spencer, priced at £4. All profits from which will support serving members of the Armed Forces and veterans of all ages and their families.”

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