As part of this year’s events marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War 1, St Stephen Parish Council has installed a life-size Tommy at Greenwood Park in the build-up to the Battle’s Over event which is being held on
11 November from 5.00 to 7.00pm.
The Parish Council’s Battle’s Over event is part in the international Day of Commemorative Events marking the Centenary of the end of the First World War and will culminate with the lighting the beacon and a firework display at 7.00pm. The nationwide chain of over 1000 Beacons of Light are being lit to symbolise an end to the darkness of war and a return to the light of peace, and to pay tribute to the millions killed or wounded in battle, and those on the home front who struggled amidst pain and loss to help ensure freedom survived. Greenwood Park Community Centre will be open from 5.00pm with a Bar and BBQ, memorabilia display, film show and music.
The Remembrance Service will take place as usual on 11 November at Park Street War Memorial, commencing at 2.45pm with the parade of standards by local youth organisations and cadet forces, led once again by Harpenden Pipe Band.
Cllr Dorothy Kerry, Parish Council Chair commented
“The centenary of the end of the Great War is an opportunity to acknowledge the enormous sacrifice made by the millions of men and women who died or were wounded, as well as those who worked tirelessly at home. The installation of the Tommy at Greenwood Park serves a reminder of those who were lost. The lighting of the beacon is part of the historic international Battle’s Over event which signifies the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war and recognises the contribution and sacrifices made by members of our own community”