This nationwide event was instigated by the British Legion and inspired by the famous remark of Sir Edward Grey the day before Britain’s entry into the Great War.
“The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”
Calderdale MBC organised the local event in the Halifax Town Hall which took place between 10.00 and 11.00 pm – the time at which Britain’s ultimatum to Germany ran out on the evening of 4 August 1914 and Britain entered the war. The Mayor of Calderdale, Pat Allen and Robin Tuddenham introduced nine readings which included two delivered by HGWHS.
Shortly before 11.00 pm a bugler from Elland Silver Band sounded the ‘Last Post’ and was followed by the sounding of 11.00 pm from the Town Hall clock immediately above us.
Stephen Clarke of the British Legion said:-
“However you choose to commemorate, we hope to light one million candles across the UK to remember each and every one of those Service men and women who gave their lives during the First World War. Please join together with us to create a unique national moment to honour them.”
Image Top: From the British Legion video
Image right: Halifax Town Hall on the evening of 4 August 2014.