Britain to turn off lights to mark WWI centenary

On August 4, every household in Britain will be asked to turn off their lights at 11:00 p.m. to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War. People are being asked to replace their lights with one single light to “remember a day that changed the world forever.” This initiative is the centerpiece of the 14-18 Now program.

On August 3, 1914, Germany declared war on France and invaded Belgium.

According to an article in The Telegraph, “The nationwide event is designed to echo the words attributed to Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary, on the eve of the conflict: ‘The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.’”

What a powerful image this will be to remind all generations of the sacrifice made by those who served and the impact the war had on so many. I wonder what is planned in Canada on that day.

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About Gail Dever

Gail Dever is a Montreal-based genealogist and blogger and a webmaster for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.
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2 Responses to Britain to turn off lights to mark WWI centenary

  1. Thanks for sharing this Gail. Why wait for our government to decide. Local historical societies should be taking up the task in their local communites and initiating some gesture to mark the occasion. I’m going to bring it up with my historical society.

    • Gail Dever says:

      Excellent idea! I am very interested to learn what historical and genealogical societies plan to mark the centenary of WWI. The opportunities must be endless. The Ontario Archives has an interesting project, but I have seen almost nothing elsewhere.

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