“For us, this will be a commemoration not a celebration. Our aim is to show respect and gratitude to those who died and to their families, to ensure that today’s young people learn the facts and the lessons of that conflict and to promote a common resolve among all nations involved in WWI to ensure a peaceful and just world for future generations,” Bevan said.
British High Commission officials said the commemorative events to be organized in the UK, India and around the world will see the participation of representatives from every country whose soldiers took part in the historic war. Besides the role of army men, the Indian Navy also played a significant role during the war. Indians also served in the Army Flying Corps and several won military honors including the highest military honor, Victoria Cross, they said. Between 2014-18, the British government plans to honour the memory of all who participated in the war irrespective of the side they fought on, the High Commissioner said.
One of the major commemorative event would be organised at the British High Commissioner’s residence here on October 30 in which leading dignitaries and representatives from India, UK and other countries involved in WWI will be invited.
“A program to honor the soldiers who won Victoria Crosses will also be held. A total of 11 VCs were awarded to soldiers hailing from United India - six from today’s India, three from now Pakistan and two Nepalese nationals,” Bevan said. (PTI)