4th August 2014
At 10pm on 4th August 1914, following the German declaration of war on Belgium, Britain entered what would become the First World War.
It was a conflict that saw almost 40 million people either killed, injured or missing in action.
To mark the centenary of Britain’s entry into the War, the Royal British Legion are inviting everyone to turn off their lights between 10pm and 11pm on Monday 4th August. As a symbol of reflection and hope, everyone is encouraged to take part and to leave on just one single candle or light.
In Whitehaven, the Bransty Branch of the Royal British Legion are holding a candlelit vigil by the Cenotaph in Castle Park to remember those from our community that fought in the war.
Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:
“Monday 4th August 2014 marks one hundred years since the beginning of Britain’s involvement in the First World War. It was a war that took a tremendous toll on all involved and ravaged villages, towns and cities throughout Europe and devastated countless families.
“The effects of the War are still being felt today as it influenced events throughout the 20th Century from the Russian Revolution through to the rise of Nazism.
“Every year on Armistice Day, we rightly remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in that and other wars. This year we mark the centenary of the outbreak of the war. The Lights Out event organised by the Royal British Legion will mark a historic moment that unites everyone, not just in Britain, but throughout Europe and across the world.”