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Commonwealth War Graves Commission Marks Battle Of Arnhem Anniversary

16 September 2014

Interactive CWGC Visitor Information Panels at Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery will be unveiled on 20 September by the CWGC's Vice Chairman, Sir Joe French, and CWGC Director of Western Europe Area, Ian Hussein. The event will mark the start of a weekend of activities to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem in the centre of the Netherlands, a major chapter in the Second World War.
The panels enable smartphone users to learn about the fierce fighting that took place at Arnhem and the surrounding area. Visitors can use their phones to scan a code on the visitor panels that links to a website that reveals the personal stories of some of those who are buried in the cemetery.
Sir Joe French said: "The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is at the heart of events marking the 70th Commemoration of the Battle of Arnhem. Our cemeteries and memorials lie dotted along the route of the Allied advance and will stage many acts of remembrance this month. The interactive visitor panel initiative will inform visitors of the historical context which brought these places into being, while putting a human face to the names of those who died."
Sir Joe French added: The work that the CWGC does to maintain this cemetery, our efforts to encourage people to visit it, and the panels that we have installed, will help us and future generations to understand, and to remember, the great sacrifices made by the Allied servicemen who fought and died here in 1944."
One of the personal stories revealed on the panels is that of twin brothers Claude and Thomas Gronert. The two men joined the army at the same time and fought in several campaigns together. They shared their last moments together in Holland and are now buried side by side. 
A special CWGC tent featuring a small exhibition and extra information will also be at Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery for the duration of the commemorative weekend. Visitors are welcome to come and learn more about the history and cemetery.
For more details please contact: Jeroen Roskam on +44(0) 7812 369483 or by email jeroen.roskam@cwgc.org

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