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War Graves Commission honoured during “A Night of Heroes”

18 December 2014

The organisation responsible for keeping alive the memory of 1.7 million servicemen and women who died during the two world wars has been honoured with a special award at the seventh annual Sun Military Awards (The Millies), organised by The Sun newspaper in close collaboration with the Ministry of Defence.

The Judges' Special Award was presented to The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) for its work in maintaining First and Second World War military cemeteries, burial plots and memorials at more than 23,000 locations around the world.

Mr William Moody, one of the CWGC's longest serving members of staff, accepted the award on behalf of the Commission.

William, who is responsible for the care of war graves in Normandy, said: "It is a deeply humbling experience to accept this award amongst such heroic company.

On behalf of everyone at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, I would like to say it is an immense privilege to look after the resting places of those brave souls who gave their lives for us in the two world wars.

It is a duty we have done for almost 100 years and one we will do forever. We will never forget them."

Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were guests of honour at the event - billed as "A Night of Heroes" - held at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, on Wednesday 10 December. They were joined by the Prime Minister, Defence Ministers, senior military, government and political figures and stars from the worlds of entertainment and sport to pay tribute to these exceptional individuals.

A Night of Heroes will be shown on ITV at 8.30pm on Thursday 18 December.