Harriet Harman

Labour Member of Parliament for Camberwell & Peckham

First World War Vigil, Westminster Abbey – 4/8/2014

The First World War must never be forgotten.  On 4 August, I attended a Vigil, with Labour Leader Ed Miliband, marking with darkness, the last hour before the centenary of the moment Britain was drawn into this war.
Alongside representatives of the armed forces and emergency services, military charities, and scouts and guides and others, we heard poetry and readings, and listened to music remembering the events that would devastate Europe during the following decades.  During the service, candles were extinguished, as we commemorated the day alongside a nationwide black out.
At the end a single light remained – on the tomb of the Unknown Warrier.  Outside, a sword of white light pierced the sky over London, part of the 1418 Now arts programme marking the centenary.

The Labour Party will place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better.

Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site.

To find out more about these cookies, see our privacy notice. Use of this site confirms your acceptance of these cookies.