Today, Tomorrow and Forever
The Commission continues to preserve its cemeteries and
memorials and encourage the act of remembrance. Occasionally
military remains are found - a human reminder of the reason the
Commission came into being and why its work is still so important
today. These casualties are buried with honour in one of the
Commission's immaculately maintained war cemeteries. In 2009
the discovery of 250 Australian and British casualties from the
Battle of Fromelles required the construction of an entirely new
cemetery, Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery. This
was unveiled in 2010.
Renovation and maintenance forms a major part of our
responsibility. Each year around 20,000 headstones are either
replaced or repaired by our staff. Our work is never ending
and we are proud to continue to work to the high standards set by
the Commission in 1917.
By preserving the memory of the dead with simple dignity and
true equality, the Commission hopes to encourage future generations
to remember the sacrifice made by so many.