05 September 2017

Hundreds enjoy free Family Day

Hundreds attended a free Family Day held at CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery on Saturday.

On the day, visitors got up close to military vehicles and had the chance to browse the many stalls including Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, Museum of Military Medicine, Western Front Association and Woking Peace Garden.

Other activities included posy making to put on graves, historical tours, cemetery trails and the chance to have a go at stone masonry.

CWGC volunteers were also on-hand throughout the day to bring alive the history of the cemetery, its free exhibition and the service personnel the Commission commemorates.

Jennie Sweeney, CWGC’s Head of Community Engagement, said: “The day was a great success. Feedback from those who visited was very positive, with many saying how wonderful the cemetery was looked after, and how enjoyable the day had been.

“There is still an opportunity to visit the Commission’s For Then, For Now, Forever exhibition, which is open until 19 November, and join a daily guided tour of the cemetery.”

Later in the month, the Commission's charity - the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation - will host a second event at the cemetery – a special open-air screening of the classic war film Carve Her Name with Pride.

The film is the inspiring true life story of Violette Szabo GC – one of the bravest women of the Second World War.

Set against the backdrop of the memorial that bears her name, the screening will include an audience with Violette’s daughter, Tania, and the film’s star Virginia McKenna.

To book tickets, click here.

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