The Royal British Legion are promoting “Lights Out”. The UK-wide event is an invitation to everyone to turn off their lights from 10 pm until 11 p.m. on 4th August, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment.
Lights Out will be one of the largest mass participation events of its kind ever seen in the UK, and will complement the candle lit service held at Westminster Abbey on 4th August.
At 11 p.m. on 4th August 1914 Britain declared war on Germany. As the time approached, the then British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, remarked: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime”.
Lights Out is a headline project of the cultural programme 14-18 NOW and was initiated by the department for Culture, Media and Sport. The Royal British Legion is supporting the event as the nation’s custodian of Remembrance.