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Aberdeen gathers to commemorate outbreak of the Great War

01/08/14

The fallen soldiers of the Great War will be remembered during a commemorative event to mark the centenary of the outbreak of 'the war to end all wars' next week.

Memorial Court of Aberdeenís War Memorial. Lord Provost George Adam has announced that the Memorial Court of Aberdeen's War Memorial will be open to the public on the night of Monday, 04 August, to allow people to gather in quiet contemplation to remember the moment that Britain entered the First World War.

The Memorial Court will be open from 10pm until 11.15pm, with access via the Cowdray Hall door, at the corner of Schoolhill and Blackfriars Street. One hundred years on at 11pm, the time that war was declared, will be marked with a moment's silence, followed by a lament – Flowers of the Forest – played by a lone piper.

The Lord Provost said: "The outbreak of World War One is one of the darkest times in our nation's history and I feel it's important that there is a focal point for those wishing to gather together in commemoration.

"At this point 100 years ago there was no indication of the full horror that would follow. I hope people will join me to remember all those young men who set off to serve their country and never returned."

At the same time, a single lamp will be lit in the foyer of Marischal College as Aberdeen City Council joins with LIGHTS OUT, the headline project of 14-18 NOW, the official cultural programme for the First World War Centenary Commemorations, to commemorate the outbreak of war.