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Commission Plays Key Role in Centenary Press Conference

28 August 2013

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has played a prominent part in an international press conference, hosted by The City of Mons, to outline the city's role in marking the centenary of the First World War.

The event was held on Friday 23 August, marking exactly 99 years since the outbreak of the Battle of Mons - the first major engagement between British and German forces of the Great War.

The conference was chaired by the Belgian Prime Minister, Elio Di Rupo.

The CWGC's Lead Director for 14 - 18, Colin Kerr, was among five individuals invited to speak, including; Deputy Head of Mission for the British Embassy in Brussels, Katrina Johnson, and several leading Belgian politicians and academics.

Colin outlined the work of the CWGC, including our plans for the 14 - 18 period, and focused specifically on the British Government's event to be held at St Symphorien Military Cemetery, Mons, on 4 August 2014.

Colin referred to the press conference as a very positive and inspiring centenary event.

He said: "With exactly a year to go, it really gives a strong sense of what we can expect in August 2014 - with the Commission's cemeteries and memorials forming the focus for key acts of commemoration and remembrance."

Images by: Gaetan Santarelli