I was pleased to join Claire Horton CBE, Director General of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), local RAF Air Cadets and volunteers this weekend at the Runnymede Air Forces Memorial to mark the first ever national awareness week.
War graves and memorials are not just monuments to the fallen but are part of our heritage. War Graves Week aims to encourage communities to come together discover the World War heritage on their doorstep. As part of this, the Commission has been working with RAF Air Cadets, encouraging them to research the lives of those commemorated and share their stories with their local communities. You can also find out more information about the World War heritage in your area by visiting www.cwgc.org/wargravesweek
We owe so much to the generations that came before us and what better way to pay tribute than to keep their stories alive in our own community. I would encourage everyone to find out more about the men and women CWGC commemorates here at Runnymede and indeed around the world.