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04August 2014
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Lights Out - Centenary of the First World War

  • War Memorial, Onchan.
  • 10.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.

LIGHTS OUT is an invitation to everyone in the UK to participate in a shared moment of reflection by turning off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on 4 August, leaving on a single light or candle for this symbolic act of reflection and hope.   Any candle will do, but a limited edition Centenary candle will be available at Marks and Spencers in Douglas.

There will be a gathering at the Village War Memorial at 10.00 p.m. when candles will be lit, and would be delighted if you and yours could come along.

We're encouraging everyone in the UK to turn off their lights between 10pm and 11pm on 4 August 2014 – leaving only a single light or candle for this symbolic act of reflection and hope.

"The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime."

Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary, uttered these words on the eve of Britain officially entered the First World War. Exactly 100 years later we are inviting millions of individuals, households and companies to join together in a national moment of reflection.  On that night we will remember more than a million Commonwealth Service personnel who lost their lives in the First World War.

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