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"The lamps are going out all over Europe. We will not see them lit again in our lifetime." — Sir Edward Grey.

This week saw events being held across the globe to commemorate the start of World War One. On Sunday 3 August, I took part in the Royal British Legion's King's Shilling Walk from Nantwich to Crewe, which symbolised the events surrounding the 'signing up' for the war.

On 4 August I attended a Remembrance Service in Chester Cathedral, where I was able to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice 100 years ago which has benefited so many. On Monday evening, I like so many other people, took part in the national moment of reflection 'Lights Out'. I attended St Mary's Church where we stood in vigil with candles; it was eerie to see the church in darkness apart from a single solitary light. The power of silence was overwhelming, and I think it was a fitting way for everyone to show their respect to those involved.

All of these events give every single one of us the opportunity to remember those who lost their lives in the Great War and all subsequent conflicts. It also gives us the opportunity to remember those who survived and have had to live with the horrors they experienced day after day.

I want to take a moment to recognise and remember the contribution the Constabulary played in the war that was meant to end all wars. Some police officers were conscripted to serve — some of whom gave their lives for their country. This just re-iterates for me the dangers faced by the police now and in yester-years. It is also important that we remember officers and staff who have died whilst on duty ensuring that their stories and memory don't fade away.

I want to sign off this week's blog with the following from Laurence Binyon:

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn;

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them"

Ed: "This is the latest blog from our Crime Commissioner John Dwyer and it commemorates the start of World War One", to read the blog click here

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