Their Name Liveth For Evermore
02 July 2016
The scale of the Commission's work is vast and never-ending. We commemorate 1.7 million individuals and maintain their graves and memorials at over 23,000 locations, in 154 countries across the globe.
The Commission's task is to preserve the names of all those who fell, 'in perpetuity'. We do so without distinction on account of military or civil rank, race or creed and we are committed to maintaining all our cemeteries and memorials to the very highest standards.
Every day, our teams of gardeners work to maintain the beautiful planting that creates a unique atmosphere of peace and serenity in our cemeteries - comforting relatives, and prompting reflection among younger visitors.
Each year, the Commission entirely replaces over 12,000 headstones, and a further 9,000 are re-engraved on site, complete with their complex regimental badges.
Of equal size - irrespective of rank, race or religion - the headstones assert the significance of each life lost, a physical embodiment of our determination to ensure that the names of the dead should, indeed, live 'for evermore'.
Following the commemorations at Thiepval, the CWGC's task goes on - today, tomorrow and forever.
Photo courtesy of PA.