Paving stones for WWI heroes

Special commemorative paving stones will be laid in the home towns of every soldier awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War as part of plans to mark the centenary of the conflict next year.

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Events to mark centenary of Britain's entry into WWI

The centenary of Britain's entry into the First World War will be marked with a series of special events on August 4 next year, including:

  • A service of commemoration will be held at Glasgow Cathedral for Commonwealth leaders (a day after the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games).as
  • A ceremony will be held at a cemetery in Mons, Belgium, where men believed to be the first and last Commonwealth casualties of the war are buried.
  • A candlelit vigil will be held at Westminster Abbey at the end of the day with the last candle extinguished at 11pm - the moment war was declared.

Other events include a programme allowing two pupils and one teacher from every state-funded secondary school in England to visit the battlefields of the Western Front.

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