Lochnagar Path of Peace – Reconciliation Project

Those millions who gave their lives were each striving for peace – for themselves, their families and their countries. Yet 100 years later, we still have a turbulent and divisive world, still in desperate need of peace. Perhaps we now need to do something more than just remember. We, as individuals, can’t bring peace between nations, but we can still bring a little more peace into our own lives, and into the lives of those around us. In their honour.

Seven months to change our world

In the aftermath, those who lost loved ones in that war often struggled alone to support a young family, facing the injustice of extreme poverty and hardship. Or those who did return had lives blighted by deep-seated trauma and loss. To this day, many descendants of those families still suffer the consequences, bearing the emotional scars passed down through generations. That intense, sustained suffering has shaped us and our society, and still does, often buried beneath the surface.

Which is why we have created the Lochnagar Path of Peace – a completely new form of remembrance. One that honours the dead, and heals the living. Its focus is year-round and international, for all those who wish to channel their compassion into a healing movement for peace and reconciliation.

Seven months to change our world

The Great War ended on Armistice Day, November 11th 1918 and seven months later the Peace Treaty was signed on June 28th 1919. A minimum of seven million men and women were killed in action.So in the coming seven months and beyond we will seek to engage with seven million like-minded partners –volunteers for a ‘peace force’ present in the UK and in each of the 23 main nations of WW1.

Kindred spirits, young and old, who share our passion that the finest way to remember and honour the fallen is to heal the living – and in so doing, seek to encircle the world with a much-needed message of peace.

There are six steps that often lead to war. Whether between individuals, families, communities or nations. It often starts with people or nations feeling threatened, which can lead to anger, conflict, suffering, loss and remorse.

The next seven months

Inspired by the fallen of the Great War, how will this personal movement for peace flourish?

In the next seven months, via social media and PR, we are inviting seven million like-minded volunteers in 23 countries to carry out regular acts of compassion, kindness, respect, tolerance, forgiveness or reconciliation. It can be with family, friends, work colleagues, schools or colleges, places of worship or their community.

We will soon be putting a list of suggestions on this website with over 100 different ways to do this. From simple, thoughtful acts of loving care and support to more challenging acts, such as healing a dispute or longstanding feud. Each act could transform someone’s day – or their life.

1918: The Great War Ends
2018: The Great Peace Begins

HONOUR THE DEAD,
HEAL THE LIVING

War kills people.
But just as bad, it wounds people,
families, communities and countries.
Wounds of war, handed down through generations
still cause division, conflict and suffering.
But a special kind of peace can heal that hurt.
A Peace of compassion and kindness,
respect and tolerance,
forgiveness and reconciliation.
Let us now, in their honour,
wage peace.

lochnagar path of peace ambassadorsGerman soldier lighting up a British soldier's cigarette during the 1914 Christmas truce.

Lochnagar Path of Peace Ambassadors

We are engaging with a wide range of international remembrance organisations and charities with shared aims –and especially focusing on areas currently suffering social or military conflict.

We are recruiting 100 ‘Ambassadors’ – high profile people in public life to endorse us with their name, support and influence. Eventually, the aim is to do seven million acts each day, one to honour each person who fell in that war and whose young life was so tragically denied. And perhaps just some of those men and women, staring out at us from haunting sepia images, may not have died in vain.

By these daily acts, we can’t change the world but we can change our world, and that of those around us. And by creating a global ‘ripple’ effect, it can unite us all in finally healing the deep-seated ‘wounds’ of that terrible war.

We begin by asking each partner to make a personal commitment:

The Lochnagar Promise to the Fallen:

‘I promise to honour all those who fell
and to strive each day
to make the world around us
a place of more compassion and kindness;
respect and tolerance; forgiveness
and reconciliation.
Let us now, in their honour, wage peace.’

Volunteering for Lochnagar Path of Peace

We are inviting like-minded volunteers, organisers and groups everywhere to join with us on the Path, particularly in the following countries:

Great Britain, France, Germany, Rep. of Ireland, Belgium, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, East and West Africa, West Indies, Austria, Hungary, Turkey, Italy, Japan, Portugal, the Balkans, Russia and China.

You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or email us direct on info@lochnagarcrater.org

1,000 white lilies of peace will cover the Lochnagar cross

During the centenary ceremony at Lochnagar on November 11th we and the congregation will slowly cover the imposing 16 foot cross at Lochnagar with 1,000 white lilies, powerful symbols of peace.  Whilst this is being done we will read out the names of 100 soldiers, sailors, airmen and nurses from all 23 nations. And to mark the launch of the movement, we will send that image around the world via social media.

The unique Lochnagar Crater was once a place of extreme suffering, conflict and carnage. Today, it is a place blessed with an inspiring spirit of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation. Let us now, in their honour, wage peace.

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