To visit to war graves

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - ED­WARD DAVIES

MAC­CLES­FIELD MP David Rutley is urg­ing schools and con­stituents to visit war graves to gain a greater un­der­stand­ing of the im­por­tance of the Great War.

Mr Rutley’s ap­peal 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’, which maps the graves of Com­mon­wealth war dead in each Par­lia­men­tary con­stituency.

Mr Rutley sup­ported the project by pay­ing a visit to Com­mon­wealth war graves at Mac­cles­field Ceme­tery.

The MP said: “The cen­te­nary of the out­break of the First World War is a time not just for re­flec­tion and com­mem­o­ra­tion but is also an op­por­tu­nity to ed­u­cate a new gen­er­a­tion of young peo­ple about the ex­tra­or­di­nary events of a hun­dred years ago.

“Vis­it­ing the graves of the fallen is an im­por­tant way to com­mem­o­rate the out­break of the war.”

A num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties is tak­ing place this year to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary.

Another, Mac­cles­field War Graves Project, aims to re­store 30 of the most badly de­te­ri­o­rated graves of the 83 sol­diers from the town that died in both world wars.

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