A weekend of events in Dacorum marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, culminated in the lighting of a 'Beacon of Light' in St Mary's Square, Hemel Hempstead.  An event organised by Dacorum Borough Council as part of the 'Battle's Over' national tribute on Sunday, 11 November.  


St Mary's Church in Hemel Hempstead's evening service brought to an end a day of events in Dacorum, as part of the national tribute to the millions killed and wounded in battle.  St. Mary's Church bell ringers rang out along with other churches across the nation both in the UK and overseas.

Across the UK more than 1000 beacons were lit simultaneously at 7pm to symbolise the hope and light of peace following the dark days of war.

Earlier that day, hundreds of people turned out for a Remembrance Day parade organised by The Royal British Legion which took place from Hemel Hempstead town centre to the Memorial in Boxmoor.  




This was followed by a two minute silence at 11.00am and a service at St John's Church, Boxmoor. RAF Halton took part in the parade and service together with forces personnel, veterans, dignitaries, council officers and councillors (including the Mayor of Dacorum Cllr Rosie Sutton), air cadets, army cadets, scouts, Beavers and Rainbows plus many residents of Hemel Hempstead and its surrounding areas.


The Mayor of Dacorum, Cllr Rosie Sutton said "On such a day marked with sadness I am proud that the Borough of which I am the Mayor, has shown real dedication and commitment to what 100 years remembrance means to us".