Harrogate & Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, is calling on local residents to come together and discover the World War heritage on their doorstep by embracing War Graves Week, 21 May to 29 May – an initiative from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).
War Graves Week will encourage local residents to learn about the stories of those commemorated by the CWGC in Harrogate & Knaresborough and the skills, dedication and expertise of those CWGC staff who work to keep their memory alive.
At CWGC.org, residents can learn about the Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times project – the focus of this year’s War Graves Week. Alongside the front-line armed forces, the CWGC will be celebrating the value those who served during the World Wars brought to key sectors such as healthcare, logistics, infrastructure and communications, and the parallels with today’s global Britain which they helped to create.
Andrew Jones MP commented: “I would encourage residents to embrace War Graves Week. It is a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with our local history and learn about the courageous ordinary people from our community who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
“Behind every name on a war grave or memorial in Harrogate & Knaresborough is a human story waiting to be discovered and War Graves Week is the perfect opportunity to do just that.”
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission honours and cares for the men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, ensuring they will never be forgotten. Funded by six Member Governments, CWGC’s work began with building, and now maintaining, cemeteries at 23,000 locations all over the world.
There are many events around the country including Harrogate and you can book a tour of the Commonwealth War Graves at Stonefall Crematorium by clicking here.