2014 - Great War Commemoration Service August 3rd
Today, August 3rd 2014, a special service took place in our Congregation to commemorate the start of the First World War, in the UK commonly referred to as the Great War.
This Great War was a global war centered in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918. More than nine million combatants were killed, a casualty rate exacerbated by the belligerents' technological and industrial sophistication, and tactical stalemate. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, paving the way for major political changes, including revolutions in many of the nations involved. (Wikipedia)
On 28 July, the Austro-Hungarians fired the first shots in preparation for the invasion of Serbia. As Russia mobilized, Germany invaded neutral Belgium and Luxembourg before moving towards France, leading Britain to declare war on Germany. After the German march on Paris was halted, what became known as the Western Front settled into a battle of attrition, with a trench line that would change little until 1917. Meanwhile, on the Eastern Front, the Russian army was successful against the Austro-Hungarians, but was stopped in its invasion of East Prussia by the Germans. In November 1914, the Ottoman Empire joined the war, opening fronts in the Caucasus, Mesopotamia and the Sinai. Italy and Bulgaria went to war in 1915, Romania in 1916, and the United States in 1917. (Wikipedia)
During the sermon special attention to this sad occasion was noted. In the Hut a small exhibition had been created by contributions of Parish Members. After the service, under the directions of Philippa a Poets Corner was created. Many poems dedicated to the Great War were recited by parish members. Commemorations of the past are, of course, times to look to the future. One may come to the conclusion, having listened to the poems, that doing something for the community now, could make a contribution to the future.