Moray MP urges schools to visit local Commonwealth war graves
03 April 2014
Angus Robertson, MP for Moray, is urging local schools and
constituents to visit their local Commonwealth war graves to gain a
greater understanding of the scale and magnitude of the Great War
and the impact that it has had on today's society.
The call follows a national initiative spearheaded by the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), the All-Party
Parliamentary War Heritage Group and the 'In From The Cold Project'
that maps over 300,000 Commonwealth war dead by each Parliamentary
constituency. The initiative is supported by Angus Robertson who
will be visiting Commonwealth war graves at Elgin Cemetery on
Friday 4th April.
Speaking about the visit Angus Robertson MP said: "The Centenary
of the outbreak of the First World War is a time, not just for
reflection and commemoration but also an opportunity to educate a
new generation of young people about the extraordinary events of a
hundred years ago and to bring to life some of the personal stories
from this remarkable time.
"I suspect that most people in Moray will not be aware that we
have so many Commonwealth War Graves in so many communities across
our region. These are people who gave their lives, either in battle
or through injuries they sustained, to protect the freedoms that we
"Working with local groups and students gives us all an
opportunity to explore how we would like to secure this legacy for
generations to come. Visiting the graves of the fallen is a simple
but profoundly important way to commemorate the outbreak of the
Deirdre Mills, CWGC's Director of UK Area states that: "The
Centenary is an opportune time for us to re-engage and connect with
local communities and young people, and explain how the people who
are buried in our graves got to be there, who they were, and where
they were from. More than 300,000 Commonwealth servicemen and women
are commemorated in the UK.
"To highlight some of the personal stories of those who are
buried or commemorated in our graves, we are installing over 100
visitor information panels throughout the UK during the Centenary.
The panels incorporate QR codes which, when scanned with the latest
smartphone technology enable visitors to read these stories and
understand the historical context."
Working with schools to bring this extraordinary period of
history alive for students, the CWGC is in May launching a Local
War Graves Visits programme in six locations - Cambridge, Oxford,
Cannock Chase, Southampton, Plymouth and Cardiff - with plans to
extend this to other parts of the UK later in the year. Teachers
will be able to take advantage of the CWGC's network of vetted and
fully trained volunteers to take them around CWGC sites and war
graves, highlight key hotspots, and assist them with lesson
At the Education Show in mid-March, CWGC launched an online
Virtual Cemetery education portal that provides schools and
teachers with a comprehensive range of resources and support
materials linked to the graves and memorials in their home
Click here to visit the CWGC's
Virtual Cemetery website.
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