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Lights Out: Join celebrities in the national Remembrance event for WW1 heroes

Posted: Jul 10, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: Admin

The Royal British Legion has brought together celebrities and veterans to ask the British public to take part in LIGHTS OUT: a national initiative to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Famous faces including Jeremy Paxman, Twiggy, Louis Smith and Fiona Fullerton feature alongside Chelsea Pensioners and Service personnel in a video to promote the initiative that will complement a candlelight vigil taking place on the evening of Monday 4 August at Westminster Abbey.

Twiggy - Lights Out

Communities across the UK are being invited to take part in this national moment by switching off their lights between 10.00pm and 11.00pm on 4 August: 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 3 August 1914: "the lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time".

Charles Byrne, Director of Fundraising at The Royal British Legion, said:

"Sir Edward Grey's stirring words are the campaign's foundation. Our vision is that over one million candles will be lit across the UK, commemorating every Service man and woman who died during WW1. We hope to see candles lit at every war memorial, community centre and home in every village and in every community.
"This is one of a number of initiatives the Legion has undertaken to commemorate the anniversary of the First World War, when we hope to pass the torch of Remembrance onto a younger generation ensuring there will always be a living legacy to those who sacrificed their today for our tomorrows."

To support LIGHTS OUT and as part of a special partnership with Marks & Spencer, limited edition Centenary candles are available to purchase in stores and online. 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.
Robert Swannell, Chairman of Marks & Spencer said:

"The extraordinary work The Royal British Legion does to support serving and ex-Service men, women and their families is really important to M&S's employees and customers, and we are very proud to be participating in this national moment of commemoration. Lighting a candle is a small but significant gesture to honour those who bravely served, and continue to serve, and we encourage all of our customers to take part. All the profit from the Lights Out candle will be used for the Legion's Grant initiative, which assists current and former Service personnel and their families in need of support."

For more information about LIGHTS OUT, how to get involved and how to organise your own event, have a look at the Royal British Legion’s website.