One hundred years ago today, 4th August 1914, Great Britain declared war on Germany unless they agreed to unilaterally withdraw all their troops from Belgium by midnight their time, 11pm UK time. As the 11pm deadline approached with absolutely no response – or sign of a response – from Germany, Sir Edward Grey, our Foreign Secretary, sadly noted:
“The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”
To mark the centenary of this momentous event, the Royal British Legion are encouraging all to extinguish all lights between 10pm and 11pm tonight, leaving only one single candle alight, in a mark of respect and remembrance.
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