Light in the darkest hour – ‘First and Last’

//Light in the darkest hour – ‘First and Last’
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Please join us at our International Community Commemorative Event marking the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War. Our event takes place on Sunday 11th November 2018.

Please be at Shorncliffe Military Cemetery by 3.30pm to participate in the lighting of lanterns to be placed on the graves of WW1 soldiers.

The journey of the flame to light Shorncliffe’s Lanterns, will begin on 10th November in Mons, Belgium, starting a wholly unique commemorative journey, that sees two specially commissioned Lanterns bring the “Spirit” of all those Canadians and British soldiers back home to the UK and Canada.

The “flame” from Mons, will be carried by representatives of the Trust to the St Symphorien Military Cemetery, where lanterns will be placed on the graves of the “First & Last” British and Canadian Soldiers who lay side by side.

The two specially created Lanterns “Maple” & “Tommy” will then be transported back to Shorncliffe Camp, Folkestone which the Canadian Army called “home” in WW1.

The two Lanterns have been custom designed for the 2018 “Light in the Darkest Hour”. The Canadian ”Maple” Lantern incorporates an original WW1 Canadian Maple Leaf cap badge as its emblem, whilst the British “Tommy” Lantern has an original WW1 brass British general service uniform button as its emblem.

We hope you can join us.

If you would like to dedicate one of the lanterns to be lit at Shorncliffe, to a loved one you can sponsor or purchase a lantern here.

NOTE: Parking is available at the Tower Theatre, North Road. Please wear appropriate footwear for the walk to the cemetery and warm clothing with some high visibility element due to night-time conditions.  Torches for personal use are also recommended. Please ensure you are in place at the cemetery for 3.30pm