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Lichfield Cathedral confirms World War One memorial events

Lichfield Cathedral is set to host a series of commemorative events to honour those who lost their lives in World War One.

The programme of events will begin on August 3 with a service entitled Peace among nations: a vigil of reflection to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

The service will include a short requiem written by Walford Davies in 1915 In Sacred Memory of all those who have fallen in the war, Fauré’s Pie Jesu and Handel’s I know that my Redeemer liveth.

The memorial chairs

The memorial chairs

A Flame of Remembrance and Peace will burn in St Michael’s Chapel for four years, to commemorate those killed in the war and subsequent conflicts.

Lichfield Cathedral will be the first UK venue for a touring exhibition, Assembly- Memorial Chairs: A five year touring installation throughout the British Isles.

Five chairs from Passchendale’s St Audomarus Church will be brought to Lichfield and will be on display from August 8 through to November. Each chair will represent the casualties for each year of the conflict.

The Dean of Lichfield, the Very Rev’d Adrian Dorber says: “The commemoration events provide us with an opportunity to reflect and remember those who sacrificed their lives, not only in World War One, but also in more recent conflicts.

“We’d like to extend a warm welcome to those who wish to commemorate with us.”

Alongside the service and the memorial chairs, people will have the opportunity to view artwork by Denis May which was inspired by war poet Wilfred Owen.

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