Lights Out

The day after my 3 August post, there was another World War 1 commemoration in England. Germany declared war on France on August third; on the fourth, the German army invaded Belgium, and the United Kingdom and Belgium entered the war by declaration.

“The lamps are going out all over Europe,” said British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey on the evening of the third. “We shall not see them lit again in our life-time.”

In memory, Britons were urged to dim their lights between ten and eleven o’clock on the evening of the fourth. I found this a very moving demonstration.

The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. © Daily Mail.

The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. © Daily Mail.

The events of the day were covered extensively in photos—in this online article from the Daily Mail and this one from the Guardian (and a photo gallery here).

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