Hundreds gather for the National Memorial Arboretum Armistice 100 Candlelit Vigil

Mon, 12/11/2018 - 09:47

Candlelit vigil at the NMA

Over 500 people gathered this evening for a candlelit vigil within the walls of the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum. The special service of remembrance and reflection marked the eve of the centenary of the signing of the armistice agreement that brought the First World War to an end.

The service was attended by members of the public who formed a procession to the top of the Armed Forces Memorial where a service of remembrance was led by The Reverend Vic Van Den Bergh RF CF RNR.

Lewis Holmes (17) offered a moving personal reflection during the service. When only 17, Lewis’ great grandfather, who fought in the Battle of the Somme, lied about his age to enlist. Escaping death when a bullet hit his helmet and saving a colleague from the battlefield, tales of his heroism in battle have been passed down through the generations.

Tomorrow the Arboretum will become one of the Nation’s focal points for Armistice 100 commemorations, with a service in the presence of HRH The Duke of Gloucester that will attract many thousands of people.