Commemoration of World War One

Posted on by Tania Birtwistle

The first days of August will see national acts of commemoration to mark the 100th anniversary of Britain’s entry into the First World War.  On the evening of Monday 4th August a moment of solemn reflection will be held in Westminster Abbey.  During the vigil service, held between 10 and 11pm and broadcast live on the BBC, the lights in the abbey will gradually be extinguished, echoing the words of Sir Edward Grey as he looked out of the foreign office window saying “the lamps are going out all over Europe.”

As well as the national acts of commemoration there will be local events hosted by the churches of Sole Bay.

On Sunday 3rd August at 11.00 there will be a service of commemoration in St Edmunds Southwold.  In the evening on 3rd August at 6pm at Holy Trinity Blythburgh there will be a vigil service, with music led by the Blythburgh singers.

On Monday 4th August from 10.00pm until 11.00 pm there will be an act of remembrance at Southwold war memorial on St Bartholomew’s Green, moving into St Edmund’s church if it is raining.  This event is supported by the Royal British Legion and Southwold Town Council.

At the same time on Monday 4th 10.00pm to 11.00pm there will also be an act of remembrance and reflection at Reydon war memorial near the entrance to St Margaret’s church.  This event is supported by Reydon parish council and the Royal British Legion.

Everyone is welcome to join the Sole Bay Churches and the Royal British Legion in marking this important anniversary in our nation’s history.

Rev Simon Pitcher, Team Rector of the Sole Bay Team, said “The wounds of war can last through the generations.  Commemorating the beginning of one of the greatest tragedies in the history of the human race is an opportunity to remember, reflect, to seek healing of memories and to pray for God’s grace to enable us all to build a better world in our own time.”