Monday, January 30, 2023

Let’s light up the country this Christmas to remember those who gave with Operation Candlelight

LET’S light up the country this Christmas in remembrance of those who gave so much with Operation Candlelight

Project71 is a strictly not for profit organisation run by volunteers, providing support for WW2 Veterans.  They are not a huge group, do not have celebrities supporting them and do not have thousands of pounds in the bank, but with the support of the public, they have achieved so much.

This Christmas, Project71 are delighted to be launching an initiative called Operation Candlelight in association with Kaotic  Angels LEMC.  The objective is to place as many grave lights in Commonwealth War Grave Cemeteries on Christmas Eve 2022 as possible. 

Steven Shaw, Commander Royal Navy (Rtd) and Co-Founder Project 71 said:

This is a tradition that has taken place in the Netherlands since WW2, and we feel that now is the time to adopt this in the UK and other countries to remember the fallen – not only on Remembrance Day but at Christmas and throughout the year. 

The initiative is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to pay respects to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedom and way of life. It is also has the potential to become a huge community event, which brings people together outside of our normal events of remembrance to reflect on the consequences of conflict.

We are recruiting an army of volunteers to help make this idea happen and light up as many graves as possible across the UK.  We are looking for people to place a small tea light in the front of the headstones on Christmas Eve so the lights will glow until Boxing Day.”

Specific instructions can be found on the Project71 Website: http://www.project71.co.uk/operation-candle-light.html  and the suggestion is for people to use small battery-operated lights, which can be purchased in pound shops or online.  Information on the Commonwealth Wargrave Cemeteries in your area, can be found via their website or can be downloaded via the App .

Steve said:

We are very much hoping that this new commemorative event for the UK captures the imagination of the general public, as we think it has enormous potential governed by the response from volunteers to date.”

Let’s make this happen and remember all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, so we can enjoy Christmas not only this year, but also in the future. 

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