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Christmas truce to be remembered.

THE Government is working on plans to commemorate the anniversary of the Christmas truce during the First World War with a football match on the battlefields of Flanders.

Ministers are talking to the Football Association and the National Children's Football Alliance about how the 1914 matches in no man's land can be remembered.

Defence Minister Andrew Murrison said a football match was 'a no-brainer in terms of an event that is going to reach part of the community that perhaps might not get terribly entrenched into this'.

Prime Minister David Cameron raised the possibility last year of football matches forming part of an extended series of events to mark the centenaries of key moments during the First World War.

Dr Murrison added: "I think football has a particular part to play because of the totemic significance of the Christmas truce in 1914.

"We have been in touch with Football Association and the National Children's Football Alliance to see how this can be done.

"I know they are enthused and have already clocked the fact that other countries are thinking along similar lines."
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Feb 10, 2013
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