06 November 2018

#CWGCremembers - Armistice anniversary events

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is inviting people across the world to share their tributes on the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice.

Hundreds of CWGC cemeteries and memorials will play host to commemorations leading up to 11 November as communities across the world gather to remember those who died 100 years ago, and in other conflicts since.

The Commission is inviting the public to visit or attend an event at a CWGC site near them and is encouraging visitors to share their photos and stories on social media using the hashtag #CWGCremembers. More information on events can be found on the CWGC website here: https://www.cwgc.org/learn/news-and-events/events

Throughout the centenary period the world’s media has heightened awareness of the First World War and the stories of those who fought and died. After 11 November the work of CWGC to commemorate the fallen will continue in perpetuity.

Our work, which has entered its second century of operation, is highlighted in the CWGC’s new online exhibition Shaping Our Sorrow, where the story of the Commission’s foundation is told through the five stages of grief. It gives casual readers and academic researchers alike an accessible resource to learn more about how CWGC began the unthinkable task of helping hundreds of thousands of people come to terms with the unprecedented loss of life in the First World War.

The exhibition can be found at: https://shapingoursorrow.cwgc.org/

Victoria Wallace, Director General of CWGC, said: “We are proud to be the guardians of the final resting places of the Commonwealth men and women who died in the two World Wars, as well as commemorating the thousands with no known grave. We hope everyone will take a moment at this special centenary to find their local CWGC site, and make a small pilgrimage to honour the men and women who gave their all. With war graves or memorials in almost every town and village in the UK and more than 150 countries and territories, we hope to see more people than ever on Remembrance Sunday.”