Media release - issued 05 Nov 2018

Rushmoor marks the centenary of the end of the First World War

A series of remembrance events are planned for Aldershot and Farnborough in the week leading up to Sunday, 11 November, which marks the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War.

Rushmoor will be marking the centenary with services of remembrance and other community events and projects, co-ordinated by the council, the Royal British Legion and community groups.

The week begins with 'Aftermath - Aldershot and Farnborough', at the council offices in Farnborough on Tuesday 6 November. The evening features local guest speakers describing the events leading up to the end of the First World War and the effect it had on people in both towns. The evening will also include the opening of the 'Final Chapter' exhibition displaying a selection of digital prints and local photos.

The exhibition then moves to Aldershot Military Museum in Queens Avenue the next day and shows until 29 November.

On Thursday 8 November, a new peace garden, where visitors can sit and reflect, is being opened close to the Heroes' Shrine in Manor Park, Aldershot, to mark the centenary of the armistice.

The event will start at 3.30pm and includes a welcome by the Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Steve Masterson, and poem readings by the 1st Aldershot Guides. The peace garden will contain 100 specially-decorated pebbles painted by Scouts, Guides and children from St Michael's Junior School.  All stones will carry the twitter hashtag #RushmoorRemembers  for people to re-hide and to share on social media.

On Saturday 10 November, Rushmoor Borough Council and the Aldershot branch of the Royal British Legion have organised an overnight vigil at the cenotaph in Municipal Gardens, Aldershot, from 7pm onwards. The vigil culminates in the annual service of remembrance at 9.30am at the cenotaph.

The cenotaph will be staffed throughout the night and poems and pieces of prose will be read out on the hour and half hour. Members of the public are invited to attend the vigil, with crosses and poppies available for donations.

A number of joint civic and military services will take place in Aldershot and Farnborough to mark Remembrance Day on Sunday 11 November - which is the exact date of the centenary.

The Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Stephen Masterson, and the Deputy Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Sue Carter, will both be present at the wreath-laying service at 9am at Devereux House, Albert Road, Farnborough.

This will be followed by a wreath-laying service at 9.30am at The Cenotaph in Municipal Gardens attended by the Mayor.

The Deputy Mayor will be at Knellwood, Canterbury Road, Farnborough, at 9.30am, before heading to the service, wreath-laying ceremony and march past at 10.30am at North Camp Methodist Church, Lynchford Road, Farnborough.

The Mayor will lay a wreath at the War Memorial outside the Princes Hall at 10.10am before making his way to The Royal Garrison Church of All Saints, Farnborough Road, Aldershot, at 10.45am for a service, wreath-laying ceremony and march-past.

Sunday evening will see a beacon lighting, jointly arranged by Rushmoor Borough Council and the Aldershot Garrison, as part of a nationwide 'Battle's Over' commemoration - a day of commemorative events paying tribute to the millions killed or wounded in battle, and those on the home front who struggled amidst pain and loss.

The event will start at 6pm, in front of the Wellington Statue in Aldershot, with a welcome and an opening prayer. At 6.55pm, there will be the sounding of the Last Post and the beacon will be lit at 7pm, symbolising an end to the darkness of war and a return to the light of peace.

At 7.05pm, there will be a ringing of bells, in celebration of peace. Members of the public are encouraged to bring a bell with them to join in.

The Mayor said: "All these events and services are all open to members of the public, and we know there will be a very good turnout from local residents as we commemorate this very poignant occasion marking the centenary of end of the First World War.

"Particularly in an area with strong associations with the military, we should never forget the ultimate sacrifice made by the men and women of the Armed Services in fighting to protect our freedom and those at home who suffered so much from grief and loss."

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