Candlelight vigil to mark WW1 anniversary

war memorial
There will be a candlelight vigil at the town’s newly refurbished War Memorial tonight to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.

The ceremony has been arranged by Eastleigh and Chandler’s Ford British Legion and will run from 10pm – 11pm this evening at the memorial on Leigh Rd recreation ground.

This will be the first public ceremony at the newly spruced up memorial which has benefited from improvements funded by Eastleigh Local Area Committee.

There is now a new coloured tarmac path with aluminium edging around the war memorial that connects to the footway on Leigh Road to help improve accessibility.

The statue of the Angel has also been cleaned and new uplighting installed with environmentally friendly low cost LED lighting.

Chair of Eastleigh Local Area Committee, Cllr Paul Bicknell said:

“It’s a privilege and an honour to fund these improvements to this landmark feature in Leigh Road Recreation Ground.

“The War Memorial provides a focus for the town’s Remembrance Day commemorations and is a place for reflection throughout the year when local people remember those who have died in conflicts around the world.”

The War Memorial was built and funded by the women’s section of the local Royal British Legion in the early 1920’s and has provided a focus for commemoration for over 90 years.

President of Eastleigh & Chandler’s Ford Branch of the Royal British Legion, Norman Brown, said:

“We would like to thank the Council for funding these improvements have been made to this important and much loved feature in Eastleigh town centre.

“The new all weather path will make it easier to access the war memorial and the underlighting helps to highlight the statue of the Angel.”

Everyone is welcome to attend and candles will be available for a donation to the poppy appeal.

  1 comment for “Candlelight vigil to mark WW1 anniversary

  1. Rigel
    August 5, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    If the great war teaches us anything it teaches us that our leaders are most often complete idiots – few of all the people that died were heroes, most were just uneducated dupes killed due to a misplaced loyalty to their rulers .

    Did you know?

    Warriors wore metal helmets a thousand years before, but no-one in the trenches got one until well into 1915. For a year they were fighting trench warfare, where the most likely thing to stick out and get shot at was their head, and all they had was a cloth cap.

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