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Dacorum marks First World War Centenary


The Beacon of Light at St Mary's Church Square as part of the Battle's Over tribute

A weekend of events in Dacorum marking the centenary of the end of the First World War culminated in the lighting of a 'Beacon of Light' in St Mary's Square, Hemel Hempstead. This event was organised by ourselves as part of the Battle's Over national tribute on Sunday 11 November. A full rundown of the evening is available in the  Battle's Over order of service (PDF 1MB).

An evening service at St Mary's Church in Hemel Hempstead brought to an end a day of tributes in Dacorum to the millions killed and wounded in battle. Church bell ringers rang out along with other churches across the nation both in the UK and overseas.

Across the UK more than 1,000 beacons were lit simultaneously at 7pm to symbolise the hope and light of peace following the dark days of war.

Earlier in the day, hundreds of people turned out for a Remembrance Day parade, organised by The Royal British Legion, which began in Hemel Hempstead town centre and ended at the Memorial in Boxmoor.

This was followed by a two-minute silence at 11am and a service at St John's Church. RAF Halton took part in the parade and service, together with forces personnel, veterans, dignitaries, council officers and councillors (including the Mayor of Dacorum Cllr Rosie Sutton), air cadets, army cadets, scouts, Beavers and Rainbows, plus many residents of Hemel Hempstead and its surrounding areas.

The Mayor of Dacorum, Cllr Rosie Sutton, said: "On such a day marked with sadness, I'm proud that the borough has shown real dedication and commitment to what 100 years' remembrance means to us."

  • Welcome and introduction Mayor of Dacorum, Cllr Rosie Sutton
  • Tommy Silhouette outside St Mary's Church in Hemel Hempstead
  • Dacorum Community Choir
  • Beacon lit and Rt Hon Sir Mike Penning MP
  • Battle's Over tribute in St Mary's Church Square Hemel Hempstead