War Graves Week – A week to Remember

An item from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.  Note their programming beginning on 21 May at https://www.cwgc.org/our-war-graves-your-history/war-graves-week-events/digital-festival/

Join us for War Graves Week – a week to Remember

War Graves Week • Discover • Learn • Remember
War Graves Week (21st – 28th May 2021) is our new awareness week where we are encouraging communities to come together and discover the World War heritage on their doorstep. Many of the men and women who fought and died in the two world wars came from, and are today commemorated in, your local community – lying in cemeteries or named on memorials which were built, and are maintained to this day, by the CWGC. Join us and learn more about them this War Graves Week. 

For the duration of War Graves Week you can type in any UK postcode to a new search function on our website to discover service personnel with a connection to your local area.  They came from our local communities, walked on our streets, and we want you to keep their memory alive. Once you’ve found your local connection, you can download a commemorative tribute to display in your window, sign up to one of our nationwide events, or join us on our social media channels to find out more about casualties and our sites in the UK and around the world.
Click here to find who lived on your street
DISCOVER: Marking War Graves Week can be as simple as visiting your local cemetery or memorial. We commemorate service personnel at more than 23,000 locations in over 150 countries and territories, with more than 300,000 casualties commemorated in the UK alone, so there is more than likely a Commonwealth war grave on your doorstep. To find your nearest war grave, you can download our newly updated app which is available on both Apple and Android devices. Be sure to take a photo of your visit and share this with us on social media using the #WarGravesWeek hashtag.
LEARN: Tune in to our Digital Festival and join us as we host live broadcasts from across the United Kingdom. We commemorate more than 300,000 Commonwealth service personnel across the UK, and you can learn more about these casualties and our work to commemorate them from the comfort of your own home. We will be sharing stories, histories, and speaking to the members of our team from around the world who keep the remembrance of our war dead alive.
REMEMBER: Pay tribute to the men and women of the Commonwealth who died serving across the world, by downloading a special War Graves Week tribute to display in your window at home. You can use CWGC’s casualty database search to find any of the men and women we commemorate and download a tribute for the duration of War Graves Week. Or, if you’re looking for a fun way to get the family involved in War Graves Week, download our new children’s activity booklet – with word searches, I Spy and spot the difference, War Graves Week can be fun for the whole family.

Remembrance Day and anniversaries will always have a place in our work, but War Graves Week is an opportunity for communities to connect with their local heritage in a different way; when the days are longer, when the plants are in bloom, and our sites can be seen in a completely different light. Cemeteries are places for the living, and they were designed to be visited in all seasons. So join us this spring and make your own discovery in War Graves Week – a week to remember.

Find out how you can get involved in War Graves Week
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