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Hull North MP appointed as War Graves Commissioner

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has been appointed by Her Majesty the Queen to serve on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).
 
The CWGC, first established at the end of World War One in 1918, works to commemorate the 1.7 million men and women of UK and Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, and to ensure that they will never be forgotten.
 
The GWGC’s work ranges from building and maintaining war cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations in more than 150 countries and territories to preserving extensive records and archives. 
 
Two Parliamentarians serve as Commissioners for a period of four years, one from the Conservative Party and one from the Labour Party, working alongside other Commissioners.
 
Diana Johnson MP said: “It’s an honour to be able to play a role in ensuring that the men and women who gave their lives in the cause of saving our country and our freedoms are remembered with the deep and everlasting respect they deserve.
 
“I look forward to playing an active part as a War Graves Commissioner overseeing the vital work of the CWGC at the thousands of war cemeteries across the UK and in over 150 countries.  
 
“This appointment formalises an interest I have had for many years. I have made private visits to CWGC sites in Belgium, France and Italy in recent years and been enormously moved and impressed by the immaculate standards they maintain in honouring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
 
“I also want to help ensure that our younger generations in schools have an appreciation of why we remember those who gave their lives.” 
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