Commemorating World War One
On Monday 4th August 2014 it was the 100 year anniversary of when Britain joined the war, which later became known as World War One.
More than 16 million people died during the course of the war which lasted until 11th November 1918. In Britain there certainly wasn’t a family that wasn’t affected by the death of someone they loved.
All over the world there have been events to commemorate this date, including one I thought was a great idea which was to try to get as many people as possible to turn their lights out from 10 till 11pm on 4th August and just have one candle lit. The idea came from something the British Foreign Secretary, Edward Grey, said shortly before Britain declared war on Germany on 4th August – “The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”
We inadvertently complied with this in a way in our house. The other idea was that if you didn’t have access to a candle you would only have one light on in your house. So Chris was working until silly o’clock down stairs so just had the light on down there. I on the other hand was in bed with the light off by 9:30pm on Monday night as I had one of my headaches and couldn’t face being out of bed!
Another way the centenary is being marked is with an art installation at the Tower of London where they are planting 888,246 ceramic poppies. One for each British or colonial soldier that died during the first world war. They have already started planting the poppies and are hoping to be finished by armistice day later in the year. The poppies are currently on sale for £25 and you are then posted them once the installation had been taken down after armistice day. Part of the money is used for costs the rest of it is then donated towards 6 charities; Cobseo, Combat Stress, Coming Home, Help For Heroes, The Royal British Legion, and SSAFA. I bought myself one of these poppies on Tuesday night and am so looking forward to getting my poppy in 3+ months time. I think it’s a wonderful idea.
The World Wars are something I have always been fascinated in, so this is a great way to commemorate all those lives lost that mean we are free today. I think it is so important that each new generation is taught about both world wars, and that everything everyone back then went through is never forgotten.
If you would like to see where the poppies are now, then head over here.