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Football shares A Moment in History to mark the centenary of the 1914 Christmas Truce

6 December 2014

Football League clubs will join with members of the football family across the country this weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War Christmas Truce.

Teams from the Premier League to the grassroots of the game will join together before their forthcoming fixtures for photos which will form a unique snapshot of the game in Britain and honour the memory of the events of December 1914.

The photographs taken as part of A Moment in History will be shared on social media with the hashtag #footballremembers and uploaded to a special Football Remembers website.

Speaking ahead of the Football Remembers commemorations, which run from December 5-14, HRH The Duke of Cambridge said: "It promises to be a powerful way to engage and educate young people about such an important moment in our history.

"We all grew up with the story of soldiers from both sides putting down their arms on Christmas Day, and it remains wholly relevant today as a message of hope over adversity, even in the bleakest of times."

Matches in the Premier League, Sky Bet Football League and the second round of the FA Cup will be preceded by photographs of the participants, but it is hoped footballers at all levels will take part in the project and share their images on social media. Games of any size can form part of the project, from school games to Sunday league fixtures, even kickabouts in the back garden.

Other activity taking place as part of Football Remembers includes an international tournament in Ypres, a reception at Parliament and the unveiling of a permanent memorial to the Truce at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Find out more about Football Remembers and the sport's role in the First World War.

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