#LightsOut

Last night I watched the remembrance ceremony from Westminster Abbey. It was incredibly moving. I also proudly turned the lights off and sat by the light of a single candle to join in with the theĀ #lightsout campaign.

“The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” Sir Edward Grey, British Foreign Secretary, 1914

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My Grandfather was in the Royal Horse Artillery and spent three years in places like Ypres and Passchendaele. Like many of his generation he never spoke about it and I was too young to ask before he died. I can’t begin to comprehend the horrors he and others lived with on a daily basis for those years but I totally understand that they would never want to think or talk about them again. I for one am grateful to all those who so selflessly were willing to, and did, give their lives in the hope that we would all have a better future.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.”

Taken from Laurence Binyon’s poem, “For the Fallen”,