Disgracefully, it would appear that, apart from members of Mosborough Rugby Club who held a candlelit vigil outside their local Miners’ Welfare Club, there were no other Lights Out events in the Sheffield area to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.
Other cities made an effort, which I think is the least we could do for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. It was humbling and moving to see the coverage on BBC2, especially the war graves abroad that became the final resting place for so many young soldiers who never came home. I know many people, including myself, held a private candlelit vigil, switched off our lights between 10pm and 11pm as a mark of respect for the fallen of WW1. The last of the war veterans have now sadly passed away, but we must all ensure that those who served and died for their country are never forgotten.
Every Armistice Day our
leaders are there, shedding crocodile tears and paying lip service to the fallen. We shouldn’t be surprised, but this takes the biscuit. Supposedly paying respect to the dead of the Great War, the Leader of the Opposition and the Deputy Prime Minister couldn’t even be bothered to personally sign their wreaths. The Department for Culture; Media and Sport states that though the same pre-written messages were provided for all wreath layers – some chose to write personalised messages.
And there was me thinking they brought their own, but it seems we are paying for their photo-shoots! Wouldn’t it be nice, if for once they’d nip out and paid for their wreaths, and put a bit of thought in to inscribing them? But they’d probably claim it on expenses, so we’d still be footing the bill.