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Provost marks WWI with Single Commemorative Act

 09 March 2015  |  


A single candle is to remain lit at County Buildings in Ayr.

A single candle is to remain lit at County Buildings in Ayr.

A single candle is to remain lit at County Buildings in Ayr for 12 months, symbolically representing darkness falling over Europe as the First World War began in 1914.

The candle was lit on Commonwealth Day by South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie as part of a national 'Single Commemorative Act' – an initiative from the National Association of Civic Officers (NACO), which has asked every civic head in the UK to take part, uniting all civic leaders in a unique nationwide event.

An additional candle will be added on Commonwealth Day each year until 2018, until four candles are burning – marking the years 1914-18, the duration of the First World War.

Undertaking the act on Commonwealth Day also reflects the sacrifices made by Commonwealth nations who have lost citizens in conflicts in the last 100 years.

Provost Moonie said: "The Single Commemorative Act is a simple, powerful and poignant statement of hope over fear.

"It echoes the statement made by Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Gray in 1914, when Britain entered the war: "The lights are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.""

"Our first candle is a symbol of hope, that all nations can reach a better understanding of each other and work for the creation of a more peaceful and harmonious world and I'm proud South Ayrshire is represented in the Single Commemorative Act."

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