To commemorate the event, Exeter has commissioned the artwork 19240 Shrouds of the Somme. this commemorates the 19240 Allied and Commonwealth soldiers who died on the first day of the offensive.
I visited the memorial today in Exeter and I have to admit it is a moving and breathtaking sight. It is only here for just over a week. So if you can, go and see it and take time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice on that day.