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The Great Vigil : Sponsor a light

Be part of this unique event by lighting up the grave of a soldier on the night of 10th November 2018

About the project

To mark the celebration of the Centenary of the Armistice of 11 November 1918, the Arras-Pays d'Artois Tourist Office plans to honour all soldiers who fell during the Great War, within its own territory and beyond, during a popular event of national scope: LA GRANDE VEILLÉE (THE GREAT VIGIL).

The idea is to reflect on the fact that not all those who fought lived to hear the bells ringing to celebrate the Armistice. In taking up the idea of a vigil, during the night of 10 to 11 November 2018 the entire territory will honour those soldiers who suffered the hell of the first worldwide conflict to bedevil the twentieth century.

The Arras-Pays d’Artois Tourist Office has decided to represent this Great Vigil by lighting up more than 270 WW1 military cemeteries spread out across its territory. 

Wherever you are you can take part in this unique event, by sponsoring a light.


What are the funds for?

The founding will allow to buy candles to light up a maximum of graves of soldiers, friends and enemies of yesterday.

The objective is that in all the cemeteries of Artois, more than a grave is lit up to mark the scale of our reconnaisance and  of our gratitude and our ever-vivid remembrance. 

A "final vigil", for a unique moment of reverence and recognition of those men from all over the world who came to fight on our territory during the Great War.




About the project owner

"And the peals of church bells replaced the death knell

And reverent silence replaced the din of weapons

And Peace came to reign for a time in Europe and throughout the world."

They were many, often young, gathered from the four corners of the world to fight on our soil. Many of them, too many, were destined to hear neither the bell-ringing nor the silence that descended on 11 November 1918.

Amidst the chaos and darkness, they had given their lives to usher in a new dawn that would allow us, one hundred years later, to flourish in Artois, in France and in Europe.

And so today, during the night of 10 to 11 November 2018, in a great community movement we want to bring the light of our reverence to those who did not see the sun rise.