To visit to war graves
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.