The ending of the 1st World War on the 11th hour, of the eleventh month in 1918 was a watershed moment in the life of this nation for so many reasons. The war had touched every family in the UK and its empire, had exposed young men and women to horrors beyond imagination and was the catalyst for social change never seen in Britain before.
Our church, parish and town was not immune to the effects of the war and I want to share the ways that Christ Church is going to mark the centenary of the ending of the war.
The town will hold its formal act of remembrance on Sunday 11th November, at St Mary’s in the afternoon. There are also provisional plans to hold a very simple Act of Remembrance at 11am at the Cenotaph (see local press for confirmation of this).
From the end of October until the 11th November there will be a Garden of Remembrance on the lawn in front of church where we will plant a cross for each of the 95 men who are named on our War memorial. We hope that it will encourage people to pause for a moment as they pass the church, to offer a prayer of thanks to the missing generation.
We have been fortunate to secure a grant from the ‘There but not There’ charity to fund the supply, use and installation of ten transparent seated military figures. www.therebutnotthere.org.uk
‘There But Not There’ aims to place a representative figure for as many as possible of the names on local war memorials, around the country, into their place of worship, their school, their workplace or wherever their absence was keenly felt. These transparent silhouettes will be back within their communities for Remembrance 2018, the centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 First World War.
‘There But Not There’ will be the defining centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 war, installed where the men and women came from across the country, back in the communities they left behind.
This project aims to Commemorate, Educate and Heal – the three aims of our charity.
To Educate – all generations, particularly today’s younger generation, born nearly 100 years after the outbreak of WW1, to understand what led to the deaths of 888,246 British and Commonwealth service personnel.
During the weeks before Remembrance Sunday we will be working closely with the school using the figures to educate the Key Stage 2 children about the about the effects of the War on the nation and the lives of those who lived in the town. We are keen to engage anyone who has served in the Armed Forces and who is willing to share their experiences with the children.
Commemorate – those who died in the First World War through installations of silhouettes wherever there is a Roll of Honour. We will have the figures as part of our services of remembrance on the 11th November.
Heal – today’s veterans who are suffering from the mental and physical wounds of their service by raising substantial funds through sales of our Tommies.
If you would like to know more, please talk to Martin.Tags: Magazine, Remembrance