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The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.

Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary, uttered these words on the eve of Britain officially entered the First World War. Exactly 100 years later we invited millions of individuals, households and companies to join together in a national moment of reflection.

Thank you to all who participated in making this a most memorable occasion.

Everyone in the UK was invited to turn off their lights between 10pm and 11pm on 4 August 2014 – leaving only a single light or candle for a symbolic act of reflection and hope.

You can still make a donation by using the link at the top of the page or text LIGHTS OUT to 70020.

Candles were lit across the UK to remember each and every one of the more than 1 million Service men and women who gave their lives in the war to end all wars.

Westminster Abbey lead the nation with a First World War vigil liturgy which was broadcast live on the BBC.

14-18NOWLIGHTS OUT was a headline project of the cultural programme 14-18 NOW and was initiated by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport; 14-18 NOW is a curated programme of new art works across the UK that forms part of the official commemorations of the Centenary of the First World War. Visit www.1418now.org.uk/whats-on/lights-out/ 

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