Sunday, 3 July 2016

#wearehere


The Battle of the Somme is a historic moment that mankind will remember forever, we owe our lives, and our country to the brave soldiers who sacrificed their tomorrow, so that we could have a today. Today, July 1st 2016 marks 100 years since that day, and today, as you may have seen on the news, on social media, or even in person, there were soldiers around the country.

These soldiers were silent, the only interaction given was a song - 'we're here because we're here', or being given a card. Each soldier represents a real life hero who lost their life 100 years ago today. This project was top secret, and although I have known for over a week, I couldn't speak a word to anyone, and until this evening, no one knew who had organised them, everyone simply did what we know best, with the hashtag #wearehere trending on twitter.

The event was partially inspired by stories of sightings both during and after the First World War, by people who believed that they had seen a dead loved one. This was seen by some today, with one of the most poignant pictures I saw being shared of an elderly lady crying on a train sat next to one of the soldiers. The uniforms that the soldiers were wearing were historically accurate, and the song they  sung was one that was once sung in the trenches. There were 27 theatres involved with the campaign, based all across the country, who came together in such a memorable way.

1418NOW have created a video with an overview of the day, which you can view here.







I loved being a part of this incredible mark of respect, and I hope that whether you saw them in person, or just via the media, that these soldiers made you take a minute out of your day, to remember those who sacrificed themselves for you.

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