The heart of the New Forest stops to remember.

Press Release - Immediate.

With just a few days to go before the heart of the New Forest stops to remember the centenary of the outbreak of war. LEAF Administrator Brian Edgeley said of the event "There are times when we as a nation should stop and remember what has gone before, I believe this gives us a better understanding of who we are and where we came from; the New Forest played a crucial role in the build up to war and then throughout the conflict the forest was a strategic location for troops, trees and training. Even its iconic ponies were requisitioned and shipped across to France where they were used a 'war horses'."

LEAF Chairman Phil ColeThe Chairman of the Local Evangelical Alliance, Phil Cole said of Friday evenings Commemoration Service " I feel that it’s right to commemorate the start of WW1 not because we want to celebrate war, but to remember the huge sacrifice of our forbearers for our freedom, and to remember so that it doesn't happen again. When we forget the past, it tends to repeat itself!

LEAF was the inspiration behind the recent HOPE 2014 weekend of community action that took place across the New Forest and involved over 50 churches working together. Cole reflected that "There is only one church in the New Forest.  We meet in different buildings and have different styles, but the central figure of Jesus Christ unites us all. The commemoration is not just applicable to one part of the church but for all of us. If we stand united God is pleased. I’m hoping that this service will bring together people from all walks of life, not just Christians but everyone who has a heart for peace."

Major General Timothy Cross CBE is the visiting speaker at the event on Friday evening at 6:30pm at St Saviours Church, Brockenhurst, which is hoped to be an illuminating and inspiring evening.

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