Next year will mark 100 years since the start of the First World War, and work to mark that centenary starts in Gretna and Eastriggs tonight.
Young people there are beginning an arts and theatre project to help remember the conflict, and the impact it had on the area.
There is little evidence of it now, but during the Great War 20,000 munitions workers made explosives in huge factories in south-west Scotland.
Matthew Taylor reports:
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