On Monday 4 August 2014 the UK Government will commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. As part of the commemorations, a key event will be held at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's St. Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, Belgium.
The CWGC has been working closely with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to develop planning for the event and wish to advise that, given the scale of preparations, breadth of involvement and the physical limitations of the site, there will be no access to St. Symphorien Military Cemetery for the general public from 0700hrs Thursday 31 July until 2000hrs Wednesday 6 August 2014.
The CWGC apologises for any inconvenience that this may cause, but the decision has been made with due consideration to public safety, as well as the scale of operation needed to ensure the site is ready and then returned to normal on completion.
The event is expected to be broadcast live in both the United Kingdom and Belgium and consideration is being given by the Ville de Mons to screening the event in the Grand Place some 3 miles from the site.
The CWGC is keen to facilitate visits to the cemetery, which is open daily, and has planned an Open Day on Saturday 23 August 2014. The event will include a series of talks and demonstrations and will take place from 10.00 - 16.00. It will be followed at 17.25 by the annual commemoration service for the Battle of Mons, organised by the Ville de Mons.
Further details will be made available nearer the time.