There are many ways to involve our young people in the centenary commemorations of the First World War.
Remembrance has always been an important activity for schools and cadet force units alike, but we are currently in the middle of a particularly poignant time. The centenary commemorations of the First World War will continue until the victory commemorations on 11 November 2018 and cadets and regular forces across the UK have already participated in many events since 2014. The Army even has a name for its campaign of centenary commemoration activity: Op Reflect.
Many CCFs will have their own way of remembering the sacrifices of the past, but there are some national schemes that are also worth exploring.
Major Pat Walsh, SO2 Commemorations at Army HQ Home Command, supports schools to take part in commemorative activities. A priority for him at the moment is to raise awareness of the government-funded First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme. Under the programme, led by UCL Institute of Education, one teacher and two students from every state-funded secondary school in England can book on to a free four-day tour of the Western Front. It’s a fantastic opportunity for state-school CCFs in particular, Pat says.