Today marks the day that World War One officially began in Britain, at 22:00 on 4th August 1911, after Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Duchess Sophie were assassinated in Sarajevo on the 28th June.
The Royal British Legion are asking people to use a single candle or light for an hour from 22:00 BST on 4 August. (find your time for this here)
The idea is to turn out all the lights in your house & just have one candle lit in remembrance.
It was inspired by the words of wartime foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey, who said on the eve of war: "The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time."
A candle-lit vigil will take place at Westminster Abbey on the same evening.
Legion fundraising director Charles Byrne said he hoped that far from being cast in darkness, “over one million candles will be lit across the UK, commemorating every serviceman and woman who died”.
He added that the Lights Out event aimed to "pass on the torch of remembrance to a younger generation" and ensure the living legacy of "those who sacrificed their today for our tomorrows".
Former Newsnight host Paxman said: "Three quarters of a million men didn’t return from the First World War. The so-called ‘War To End War’ didn’t do so, more’s the pity. That wasn’t their fault. The least we can do is to remember them."
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And Please join in the remembrance and/or re-blog this post - wherever you are - to remember all those who died, no matter what ‘side’ they were on. “Lest we forget”