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Remembering the First World War in Milton Keynes

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People across Milton Keynes are invited to turn their lights off for an hour of August 4, as part of the various events marking the start of the First World War.

Lights Out will see people across the UK turn off their lights from 10-11pm on Sunday, August 4, leaving on a single light or candle for reflection on the 100th anniversary of the UK joining the conflict.

The symbolim is inspired by the famous quote by the then-Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey: “The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

Various other events will also take place across the city.

Milton Keynes Council leader Peter Marland said: “It is almost unimaginable today to get a true sense of the impact the war had on communities the length and breadth of the UK.

“How in every street, village, town and city families were receiving daily devastating news about the loss of loved ones – many who were still in their teens.

“That is why we should all remember the sacrifice that generation made and I urge all residents to switch off their lights and remember them; especially those residents that live near to our war memorials and places of worship where vigils may be taking place.”

In Newport Pagnell on August 4, The Royal British Legion will hold a candle vigil to commemorate the start of the war at the Remembrance Memorial outside of St Peter and St Paul Church at 10.45 pm.

Other events will include: the Royal British Legion organising a candlelit vigil near the clock tower in New Bradwell, an armed forces and veterans parade organised by Royal British Legion at MKDons stadium, and a First World War exhibition at Cowper and Olney Museum.

To find out more about Lights Out go to #1418now; #LightsOut, www.1418now.org.uk

 

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