Lights Out to honour those who lost lives

RBL Lights Out campaign SUS-140630-174015001
RBL Lights Out campaign SUS-140630-174015001

People are being invited to take part in Lights Out, a national initiative to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Lights will be switched off between 10pm and 11pm on August 4, the date Britain entered the war 100 years ago, and illuminating their homes with a single candle or light.

Members of The Royal British Legion have already planned 130 events nationwide for the public to participate in, with more to be announced.

Lights Out takes inspiration from the famous words of wartime Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey, who remarked on August 3rd 1914: “the lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time”.

To support Lights Out and as part of a special partnership with Marks & Spencer, limited edition Centenary candles are available to buy. Profits will be donated to the Legion to support the charity’s vital work with the current and ex-members of the Armed Forces, and their families.

Charles Byrne, Director of Fundraising at The Royal British Legion, said: “Our vision is that over one million candles will be lit across the UK, commemorating every Service man and woman who died during WW1.”