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Visiting wartime graves

North East Fife MP Sir Menzies Campbell, right, and Iain Anderson, Regional Supervisor Scotland, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, are pictured at Leuchars Cemetery.

North East Fife MP Sir Menzies Campbell, right, and Iain Anderson, Regional Supervisor Scotland, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, are pictured at Leuchars Cemetery.

North East Fife MP Sir Menzies Campbell is calling on the area’s schools and constituents to visit their local Commonwealth war graves.

In the centenary year of the Great War, Sir Menzies suggested such trips would help people gain a greater understanding of the scale and magnitude of the conflict and the impact it has had on today’s society.

The call 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’ that maps over 300,000 Commonwealth war dead by each Parliamentary constituency.

Sir Menzies is also a member of the Government’s First World War Centenary Commemoration Advisory Group.

He said: “This year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and it is only fitting that the whole country pauses to honour the generation that was lost in that conflict.

“The centenary is also an opportunity for us to educate our young people about the events of 100 years ago and bring to life the personal stories that lie behind the gravestones and memorials throughout Fife.”

Visiting local Commonwealth war graves was “a simple but important way” of commemorating the war.

 

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