Lichfield Cathedral Remembers

Published on: Mon, 08/11/2021 - 15:15

Lichfield Cathedral Remembers

Lichfield Cathedral is preparing to be a space in which the local community can gather once more to remember, as Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday draw near.

On Armistice Day, Thursday 11 November, when we traditionally mark the signing of the agreement to end the First World War, a short service will be held, beginning at 10.45 and including the Two Minute Silence at 11am – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Remembrance Sunday falls this year on Sunday 14th November and is the day on which we remember the service and sacrifice of all those who have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life. The Service of Remembrance begins at 10am, and will be attended by Civic representatives as well as those representing military and veteran associations and community uniformed groups. At 11am the Two Minute Silence will be kept at the Memorial Gardens on Beacon Street and wreaths will be laid. A bugler will lead the Last Post and Reveille. At the same time in the Cathedral, the Two Minute Silence will also be kept, with a trumpeter leading the Last Post and Reveille.

A spokesperson for Lichfield Cathedral said, “We will be welcoming the local community to their Cathedral to remember with us the Armed Forces and their families from Britain and the Commonwealth, the emergency services, and all those who have lost their lives as a result of conflict and terrorism; and to re-commit ourselves to working for peace and reconciliation in the places where we live and work. The Cathedral doors are open to welcome all who wish to join us.”

The theme of Remembrance continues with the sound and light show, Poppy Fields, which returns by popular demand and which will run from Saturday 6th November until Saturday 13th November. This all-embracing experience will see projected poppies cascade down the ceiling, walls and floor of the stunning 900 year old Cathedral, calling us to remember all those who have fought for our peace and safety. Accompanying the projections will be specially composed music by David Harper and poetry recorded by Oscar-winning actor, Eddie Redmayne.

A spokesperson for the Cathedral said, “Poppy Fields is an enjoyable and stimulating sound and light show which will give visitors an uplifting and inspiring space in which to reflect not only on past and present conflicts, but also the global pandemic which continues to affect us all. We are proud of our Visit England “We’re Good to Go” Covid status and that our large building is airy and spacious and look forward to welcoming visitors to share this evocative and thought-provoking sound and light exhibition by our artist-in-residence, Peter Walker and the team from Luxmuralis. We’re grateful too for the generous sponsorship of this event from Friel Homes.”