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Britain announces cultural program to commemorate WWI

English.news.cn   2014-03-29 07:11:25

LONDON, March 28 (Xinhua) -- Britain has announced a major cultural and artistic program that will take place nationwide to mark the centenary of WWI.

The program, named "14-18 NOW," will work with other organizations across the country to commission large scale cultural projects for WWI memorials, the British Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has said.

The program will begin with events marking the anniversary of the declaration of WWI on Aug. 4, with a national candlelit Vigil to be held on the day to inspire communities to reflect on the years of war.

A national service commemoration will also be organized on the day at Glasgow Cathedral, focusing on the Commonwealth contribution to the war, the DCMS said.

"This newly commissioned work over the next four years will complement what has gone before and help all of us, old and especially young, to pause for a moment in remembrance of those four years a century ago," said Maria Miller, British Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

"14-18 NOW" is also inviting the British public to voice their reflections on WWI in the form of letters addressed to the statue of an unknown letter-reading soldier standing at the Paddington Station in London.

Editor: Shen Qing
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