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Battle's Over - A Nation's Tribute

A NATION’S TRIBUTE - A CENTURY AFTER THE GUNS FELL SILENT

On Sunday 11 November 2018 Burgess Hill will take part in the Nation’s Tribute, to mark the day 100 years ago when the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War. The day’s events will commemorate the end of the war and those who gave their lives for their country or returned home dreadfully wounded. The events will also commemorate the men and women on the home front who underpinned the war effort.

At 6am at Burgess Hill War Memorial a Lone Piper will play Battle’s Over – Sleep in Peace, a traditional air played by pipers after a battle. Heralding the start of the nationwide commemorations, at 6am a lone piper will play in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey and at the same time, across the nation 1,000 pipers will be playing the same tune in their local communities.

The annual Burgess Hill Remembrance Procession will commence at the Cyprus Road Car Park at 10.25am. At 11am the town’s annual Remembrance Ceremony, wreath laying and minute’s silence will be observed at the War Memorial, followed by a Remembrance Service at St John’s Church.  The Lone Piper will also play at the War Memorial and at the church service.

Following the church service, a Half-muffled Peal of Bells will be rung at St John's Church from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.

At 6.10pm, a lantern procession will depart from the War Memorial. Led by Mid Sussex Brass Band, the procession will carry 145 poppy lanterns, one for each serviceman named on the town’s Great War Memorial, across St John’s Park to the Beacon site at the far end of the park.  The lanterns have been made at a series of workshops by members of the community and by students at Burgess Hill Academy.

The lantern procession will be followed by a short ceremony of World War I poems, songs and readings, concluding with a bugler playing the Last Post.  At 7pm the town’s Beacon will be lit, along with more than 1,000 Beacons of Light across the nation, symbolising the light of hope that emerged from the darkness of war. 

Burgess Hill's World War I Centenary events will conclude with church bells Ringing Out for Peach, as 1000 cathedrals and churches will ring out their bells acorss the nation, and beyond, in celebration of Peace.