How will Harpenden be commemorating the end of the First World War?

PUBLISHED: 15:56 22 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:56 22 August 2018

The There But Not There statue on High Street, Harpenden. Picture: Steve Collins.

The There But Not There statue on High Street, Harpenden. Picture: Steve Collins.


This year marks a century since guns fell silent and the First World War ended and communities and organisations in Harpenden have once again decided to commemorate and respect those who died in battle all those years ago.

Across the country fellow communities are planning how they can pay tribute to the men who fell during the 1914-1918 war, with Harpenden already purchasing three six-foot-tall Tommy statues and placing them around the town.

They are from the charity project There but not There, a three-part national initiative to honour the men, which in 2016 placed 51 silhouettes of military figures sitting down in the Penshurst Church.

This year, to mark the 100 years since the first global war ended, they are aiming to place transparent figures across the country to represent as many of the names as possible, in areas of the community where their loss was felt.

The three aims of the initiative are: to commemorate those who have died during battle; educate all generations, particularly the young who were born years after WW1; and heal those with the mental and physical scars of war by raising money through the sale of the Tommies, that were made by the Royal British Legion.

The Tommies’ large silhouettes have helped them gain awareness of their campaign.

Harpenden is also taking part in the national ‘Battles Over, A Nation’s Tribute’ Beacons of Light event.

At 6.55pm on Sunday, November 11, a bugler will sound the last post, then five minutes later a WW1 Beacon of Light will be lit on Harpenden Common between the Harpenden Arms and Bull Road. More than 1,000 Beacons of Light will be lit throughout the United Kingdom in total.

St Nicholas Church is taking part in ‘Battle’s Over – Ringing out for peace!’ and will ring their bells at 7.05pm, alongside over 1,000 other churches and cathedrals across the country.

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