This year marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, and as the UK’s City of Peace and Reconciliation, Coventry is marking the centenary with a number of events.
At 11am on 11 November 1918, the guns finally fell silent after four years of war and the loss of countless lives.
This November, Coventry will stage the annual Peace Festival and a wide programme of activities that will pay tribute to the Fallen, remember their sacrifice, and support the city’s work to create a more peaceful world.
Events include the Remembrance Day Service and Poppy Drop and the Lord Mayor’s Annual Peace Lecture.
And as befits the UK City of Culture 2021, the arts will play a prominent role, as the city remembers through drama, music, poetry and exhibitions.
Lord Mayor Cllr John Blundell said:
“Even though a century has passed, the need to remember will always be there. We remember and honour the sacrifice of those who fell not only in 1914-18, but in the Second World War and other conflicts. Their stories remind us that we must continue our work towards peace, so the horrors of war are never seen again and they unite the people of our city. “Coventry’s suffering in war is known around the world – as is our work for a more peaceful future. Our Cathedral Ruins are a reminder of the terrors of war, but together with the Cathedral alongside, they are also symbols of hope and forgiveness. They show how we have gone from the dark days of suffering to spread a message of peace and reconciliation and to work towards bringing people around the world together in friendship. This year, on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World that message is as important as ever.”