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Commission at the Heart of the Centenary of First World War

11 June 2013

Plans to mark 100 years since the beginning of the First World War in 2014 are announced by the United Kingdom government.

An event at St. Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, Belgium will feature prominently on the opening day of the centenary on 4 August 2014.

The announcement by the UK government places the Commission at the heart of events to mark the centenary of the Great War. The centenary is to be commemorated by a 4-year programme of national acts of remembrance, UK-wide cultural initiatives and educational opportunities.

UK Culture Secretary Maria Miller announced the 4-year plan which is to include a scheme of  battlefield visits for schoolchildren. The number of visitors to cemeteries and memorials has grown significantly and is expected to increase further during the centenary period. Many of these visitors are young people.

To assist visitors in interpreting the historical events which led to the establishment of these cemeteries and memorials, the Commission has begun a major interpretive project to install visitor information panels at 500 locations worldwide. The panels reveal the personal stories of some of those who fought and died and are now commemorated on those sites.