Hampshire Cricket will mark the 100th Anniversary of the start of the First World War during next month's Test match at The Ageas Bowl.
The third day of the third Test between England and India - Tuesday, July 29th - will see a series of commemorative activities to help remember the sacrifice of soldiers and civilians from both England and India who lost their lives during the First World War.
This will include a moment of silence before the start of play, as well as a lunchtime performance by the Army’s Band and Winchester-based Bugles of The Rifles.
Hampshire are also hoping to educate children about the enormous impact the First World War had on the lives of millions of families as well as understanding more about the role Hampshire played during the Great War.
Chief executive David Mann said: “Hampshire has always had very strong links with our Armed Forces, and we are extremely proud and humbled to have the opportunity to mark this occasion and remember the sacrifice of millions of soldiers, not just from our county, but from across the country and indeed around the world.”
Hampshire are also keen to show its support for our current Armed Forces and are working with a number of charitable partners, including Help for Heroes, Tickets for Troops and Rewards for Forces, to make 1,000 tickets available for active service men and women to attend the Investec Test Match, courtesy of Hampshire Cricket.
Veronica Bamford, Director of Operations, Tickets for Troops, said: "We are delighted that Hampshire Cricket have donated so generously to our committed, driven and dedicated Armed Forces to mark the 100th Anniversary of World War One.
“Support like this really does enable our servicemen and women who put their lives on the line for our country, to watch sport at its best and enjoy some much deserved time off from duty.”