Description of event: Act of Remembrance
Tuesday 11 November 2014
From 10.30 -11.30 at the Northern Ireland War Memorial, 21 Talbot Street, Belfast BT1 2LD
Free of charge and no booking necessary, members of the public are invited to attend
Two figures representing loss and grief are presented in a striking window display that compiles 25,000 poppy petals
On Tuesday 11 November at 11.00 the NIWM will hold a short but poignant ceremony to commemorate Armistice Day, and remember the men and women killed in both the First and Second World Wars
What is Armistice Day?
Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War One and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War One. This took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning; the ‘eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month’ of 1918.
Press are invited to attend this ceremony that is being held in NIWM gallery at 21 Talbot Street, BT1 2LD.
This event will be attended by staff of NIWM, invited guests and members of the public.
10.00 Tea and coffee will be served in the gallery
10.30 All guests assemble in the gallery
10.45 Welcome by NIWM Chairman, Mr Ian Wilson
10.50 laying of the wreath by Museum Assistant Mr Bob Wright BEM, aged 91 and veteran of World War Two
10.55 NIWM staff will recite the ‘Ode of Remembrance ‘ taken form Laurence Binyon’s
Poem ‘For the Fallen’
11.00 There will be a two minute silence
11.05 Kohima Prayer read by Mr Bob Wright BEM
11.10 A reading by the Chairman, ‘In Memoriam’ by First World War poet, Edward Thomas, Museum Assistant, Mr Bill Porter will turn a page in each of the two Books of Remembrance
11.15 closing prayer by Colonel C T Hogg
Quote from the NIWM Chairman, Mr Ian Wilson
‘In this centenary year of the start of World War One, in many ways it seems closer to us rather than getting farther away.
There is a huge public Interest in family history; Britain’s most popular hobby. The ease with which people can consult records on-line in their own home is such that largely forgotten servicemen and women, and their exploits and fates are coming back into focus.
The Northern Ireland War Memorial exists to perpetuate the memory of those who served in the forces and on the home front in both World Wars. Armistice Day is of course annually commemorated, but it is heartening to realise that the historical and personal stories are being heard more keenly than ever.’
‘Where Poppies Grow Now’ Handover of painting
Following the ceremony to commemorate Armistice Day, there will follow the official handover of a painting by Mr Lawson Wilson which will be added to NIWM collection. Mr Wilson, an accomplished artist, was inspired by the FWW centenary commemorations and has kindly presented this painting along with working drawings and sketches and his thoughts on this work.
The painting will remain on display in the gallery throughout November and December. From 2015 visitors will be able to view both the painting and working drawings by appointment in the NIWM Archive .The chairman will accept the gift of this painting on behalf of NIWM. John Sherlock the distinguished sculptor will comment on the painting and talk briefly about the artist and the significance of the work being added to the collection.
Images of Remembrance ‘Lest We Forget ‘
Screened in the gallery for 1 month commencing on Armistice Day
Lise McGreevy is a photojournalist and visual artist who attended the WW1 Centenary Remembrance Service at City Hall on the 4th August, which was by the Northern Ireland First World War Centenary Committee and Belfast city Councilors. ‘To me, it was a very moving and touching ceremony where hundreds of members of the public turned up to participate in remembering the fallen on this momentous occasion. I knew that several other professional photographers would be there to cover the event and that many images would be taken of the dignitaries in attendance. As a people photographer, I decided to stay behind the scenes at the event, taking images of people at ground level, veterans and volunteers who were working at the city hall on that special day or members of the public who had given up their time to come and pay their respects and commemorate.’
‘I would therefore like to exhibit this body of work, “Lest We Forget…” in screen format as it is shown here at The NI War Memorial, or in exhibition format, in as many appropriate venues throughout Northern Ireland as I can during this centenary commemorative year. So that in my own small way I can make sure that the thoughts inspired that night would stay in the viewers’ minds longer than just that one evening. As my photographs for this body of work were taken from the centenary commemoration service at City Hall for the START of WW1, I feel it would be very poignant for the exhibition to be hosted in the museum during November which marks the end of WW1. Thus marking both commemorative dates during this 100 year anniversary.’
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