A Commonwealth War Graves Commission tour

People visiting the National Memorial Arboretum will be able to discover more about local military history during War Graves Week.

Organised by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), it will take place on 22nd and 23rd May.

More than 1.7million casualties from across the Commonwealth are commemorated around the globe by the CWGC.

A spokesperson said War Graves Week would be an opportunity to learn more about some of those commemorated and the work that takes place to keep their memory alive.

A spokesperson said:

“Local CWGC volunteers and staff will be talking to visitors to the arboretum keen to learn more about the remarkable stories of the men and women of the Commonwealth forces that died in the First and Second World Wars, and who are buried or commemorated both locally and across the globe.

“War Graves Week provides a unique chance for the people of to reconnect with their local and international war history.

“When talking to the CWGC team, visitors will learn about the Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times project – the focus of this year’s War Graves Week.

“Alongside the front-line armed forces, the CWGC will be celebrating the value those who served during the World Wars brought to key sectors such as healthcare, logistics, infrastructure and communications.

“For the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, remembrance and the sharing and caring for World War heritage is a daily duty. Behind every name on a war grave or memorial is a human story waiting to be discovered, and War Graves Week is the perfect opportunity to do just that.”

Commonwealth War Graves Commission spokesperson

For more details visit the CWGC website.

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