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By Debbie le Quesne

Remembering the Fallen and honouring memories

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Some six million people from the UK took part and more than 700,000 of them died in the First World War.

On Monday night the lights across many of our cities went out to mark the moment when on August 4, 1914, Britain declared war on Germany.

Commemorations were led by the good and the great in churches and cathedrals, people turned lights out in their own homes and staged candlelit vigils, some posted their thoughts and prayers on social media, while others quietly reflected.

The Lights Out initiative was inspired by the words of wartime foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey. On the eve of war, he said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.”

There followed four years of conflict.

Care and nursing homes have also joined in marking this milestone in national history. For the elderly, perhaps more than most, recognising the sacrifices of not only the Great War, but other conflicts too, has a special significance. There is something hallowed in this kind of remembrance for our elderly.

The stories of outstanding bravery that have emerged on our TV screens have been touching with fiercely proud grandchildren telling of their grandfather’s exploits. And in our care homes too, the stories are still emerging and although poignant, many residents have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to discuss their thoughts and memories.

I am sure many of our care setting residents have stories to tell and homes throughout the country are staging many war-themed events.

Such events offer residents, their families and friends the chance to be part of this time of great importance and I’d love to know about them so we can post your thoughts and pictures on the WMCA blog and Facebook pages.

Please submit to Debbielequesne@gmail.com

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