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Visiting our local commonwealth war graves

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Meg Munn MP is urging schools and constituents to visit their local Commonwealth war graves to gain a greater understanding of the scale and magnitude of the Great War and the impact that it has on today’s society.

The call follows a national initiative spearheaded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), the All-Party Parliamentary War Heritage Group and the ‘In From The Cold Project’ that maps over 300,000 Commonwealth war dead by each Parliamentary constituency. The initiative is supported by Meg who recently visited Commonwealth war graves at Abbey Lane Cemetery with a group of students from Meadowhead School.

Stephen Stapelton from the CWGC highlighted some of the personal stories of those buried or commemorated in the graves. The CWGC maintains the graves of the 1.7 million Commonwealth servicemen and women who died during the two world wars.

Meg said:

“The Centenary of the First World War is a time, not just for reflection and commemoration but also an opportunity to educate a new generation of young people about the extraordinary events of a hundred years ago and to bring to life some of the personal stories from this remarkable time.

Working with local groups and students gives us an opportunity to explore how we would like to secure this legacy for generations to come.  Visiting the graves of the fallen is a simple but profoundly important way to commemorate the outbreak of the war.”

Further information: www.cwgc.org

Associated Photograph :

Meg, Stephen Stapelton and students from Meadowhead

Meg, Stephen Stapelton and students from Meadowhead

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