HALIFAX, July 30, 2014 /CNW/ - On August 4, 2014 Canada will join countries around the world in marking the declaration of the First World War.
Halifax will participate along with the United Kingdom and countries throughout Europe in a #LightsOut exercise marking entry into the war. The #LightsOut campaign is inspired by remarks made in August 1914 by Sir Edward Grey, British Foreign Secretary when he said "the lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime."
At 10:00 p.m. the Town Clock at the Halifax Citadel NHS will turn off its lights for one hour, and Halifax Harbour Bridges will turn off the highlighting on the Macdonald Bridge for the night. Haligonians are encouraged to pay tribute to those who fought in the Great War through participation in these commemorative activities and by turning their own #LightsOut.
The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is offering a program to commemorate Canada's entry into the war, enabling visitors to experience key moments from the early hours of the Great War. Activities will include words from historical figures such as The Right Honourable Sir Robert Borden, former Prime Minister of Canada. Visitors will be able to enlist for service at recruiting stations and will receive attestation papers. The Halifax Citadel NHS and other organizations such as the Army Museum at the Halifax Citadel, the Halifax Citadel Regimental Association and the National Film Board will come together to provide a glimpse into wartime life via soldiers in uniform, films and demonstrations.
The Army Museum at the Halifax Citadel will present to the public a hands-on display of artifacts dating back to the First World War. Visitors will have the opportunity to hold and touch items of historical significance, providing a physical connection to our collective past. Through their partnership with the Great War Centenary Society based in Belgium, a commemorative newspaper, The Flanders Fields Post will also be distributed at the Army Museum on August 4th.
SOURCE: Great War Centenary Society
For further information: Corinne MacLellan - Great War Centenary Society, 902 209 3234, [email protected]