Posted: Thu 30th Jun 2016

First Minister Leads Wales In The Battle Of The Somme Commemorations

This article is old - Published: Thursday, Jun 30th, 2016

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones will attend events in South Wales and Northern France to honour those who fought bravely one hundred years ago in the Battle of the Somme. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The First Minister will lead commemorations at an overnight vigil at Llandaf Cathedral tonight [Thursday 30 June] before representing Wales tomorrow at a commemorative service at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The public are invited to the overnight vigil at Llandaf Cathedral, which will conclude with a public service at the National War Memorial in Cathays Park, Cardiff at 7.30am on Friday. The vigil is part of the Welsh Government’s Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918 programme, which marks the centenary of the First World War. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The service at the Thiepval Memorial has been jointly organised by the French and UK Governments and is the main event to commemorate the Battle, which was one of the defining events of the First World War. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

First Minister Carwyn Jones said: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“I am honoured to represent Wales in commemorations and pay tribute to those who lost their lives during one of the largest and most terrible battles of the First World War. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Those who fought bravely for our futures must never be forgotten. It will be especially poignant to stand at the Thiepval Memorial to honour the 72,000 young men who died in the Somme, but whose bodies were never found. These brave soldiers paid the ultimate price for our freedom.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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