1914 - Remembering 100 years on.....
Over 60 million people served in the First World War. In the UK there are around 40,000 First World War memorials, listing over 800,000 names. The Town Council agreed funds in it's meeting on 11 June 2013 to update the Cenotaph in Thorne Park with names of all known servicemen to date. The updating process should hopefully be completed in time for the Remembrance Service 2013.
The First World War Centenary Partnership is a network of over 1,000 local, regional, national and international cultural and educational organisations led by IWM (Imperial War Museums). Together, they will present a vibrant global Programme of cultural events and activities, and digital platforms which will enable millions of people across the world to discover more about life in the First World War.
The Town Council held a candlelight vigil in Thorne Memorial Park on 4 August 2014 in line with the Government organised vigil at Westminster Abbey. The event was well supported by the community, who were able to float poppy candles in lanterns on the pond and present a candle to the cenotaph with the aim of lighting up the cenotaph as a beacon of light in the dark night sky in memory of all those who lost their life and loved ones as a result of the First World War.
In addition, the Town Council are hosting a social function in celebration of the lives of those who were lost in the First World War. The event will be a Centenary Ball of an Army/Era theme and all proceeds will be split between and donated to the Royal British Legion and SSAFA. There will be many opportunities to donate to the causes throughout the night.
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