London, Feb 10: An historic football match played between British and German troops on Christmas Day in 1914 will be recreated under plans to mark the anniversary of World War One.
There will be six state occasions, school trips to battlefields and exhibitions backed by historians, and the government has set aside 50 million pounds for the commemorations.
According to the Daily Mail, a number of debates about the reasons why the war started have also been planned.
Almost a million British soldiers lost their lives in the four-year conflict.
But much of the interest will centre around on football because of that poignant meeting in ‘No Man’s Land’ in Flanders between the trenches that signalled a Christmas truce along the western front, the report said.
Andrew Murrison, the minister in charge of overseeing the commemorations, said that children from the UK and Germany may be involved in any match, or tournament, to be held nest year.
According to the report, the Football Association and the National Children’s Football Alliance have been approached and are ”enthused’ about the project.
A number of German officials will be part of a national church service held in Britain to commemorate the beginning of the conflict on August, 4, 1914.
The events proposed over the coming years include marking the battle of Gallipoliin in April 2015, the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 2016, the naval battle of Jutland in May/June 2017, the battle of Passchendale in June/November 2017, the report said.
The final 100 days leading to Armistice Day on 11 November, it added. (ANI)