War Graves Week – A week to Remember

Please note this week of remembrance activities planned by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission over the next week or so.

Join us for War Graves Week – a week to Remember

War Graves Week • Discover • Learn • Remember
Today, 21 May, marks the anniversary of the founding of the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission in 1917. Over 100 years after our work first began, we continue to care for the resting places of the war dead of the two World Wars, ensuring their memory lives on. For our first ever War Graves Week, we want communities to come together to learn about the shared World War heritage on their doorsteps. Learn more about our first national awareness week in the video below.
From today, we’re hosting a weeklong series of events, tours and talks for those based in the United Kingdom – from the Shetland Islands to Penzance, Llandudno to Lowestoft, you can click here to book onto one of the many tours happening around the country over the coming week. Wherever else you are in the world, you can still book to join one of our virtual talks to learn about war graves in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, learn more about our opportunities for young people, or book a talk for your own group, school or organisation.
As part of our War Graves Week activity, we’re bringing the service men and women who came from your street, back to your street. Those who gave their lives in the World Wars came from our local communities, walked on our streets, and we want you to keep their memory alive. Use our new postcode search to enter a UK postcode and discover the service personnel who lived in your local area, or search for any casualty and download a commemorative Tribute to display in your window to highlight those who died in the World Wars this War Graves Week.
All our War Graves Week activity is aimed at highlighting your local connection to those who gave their lives during the World Wars. Kicking off today, Friday 21 May, join us for a live broadcast from 12:00pm (UK time) as we travel around the world to meet the staff who keep the remembrance of our war dead alive. With over 12,000 sites across more than 150 countries and territories, our work around the world is unique and diverse and there is more than likely a CWGC site on your doorstep.
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