It is these words, attributed to Sir Edward Grey*, on the eve of the first world war that will be remembered as our nation commemorates the beginning of that war and some 244 weeks of remembrance, reflection and homage.
Please make the time and take the opportunity to visit one of the many 'Lights Out' services that will be happening across this nation of ours on the 4th August 2014.
For those in Tamworth there will be such a service from 10 - 11 pm at St Editha's church in the centre of town.
There is also a service at the National Memorial Arboretum which will run from 8 - 9pm - the climax coming as all lights having been extinguished and the sun sets (20:54) the service ends with the playing of the Last Post.
Please check to see where your 'Lights Out' service will be taking place (and for those who know - post details here as comments.
* whose father was the 1st Earl Grey
and yes I will do you one of these with your badge on Nick :-)