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First World War

First World War

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is set to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War (1914-1918) this summer.

A First World War Commemoration Ceremony, organised by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council in conjunction with Pontypridd Town Council, takes place at YnysangharadWarMemorial Park and Pontypridd town centre on Saturday, June 21.

The event will be a fitting tribute to all the men and women of the County Borough who served for their country during the First World War - many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice.

“They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.”

Cllr Craig Middle, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Cabinet Member for Social Justice, said: “The centenary of the start of the 1914-1918 war marks an important opportunity for us to remember all those who took part in the First World War and the transformational impact of the conflict in shaping modern Wales.

“Our commemorations will reach out to people of all ages. Wars are sadly still a part of our world and young people can take a great deal from understanding the causes and impact of the ‘Great War’ into how we should resolve conflict in our own time.

“It is important that today’s generation remember and never forget our past. It is our aim to provide the foundations upon which to build a cultural and educational legacy to ensure that the sacrifice and service of 100 years ago is still remembered 100 years from now.”

Following the First World War Commemoration service at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, there will be a parade through the town centre. The public will be welcome at both events.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s is proud of its existing Armed Forces Community Covenant which builds upon the Council’s important work to date and the existing strong relationship and respect between armed forces personnel and local communities.

Rhondda Cynon Taf is also proud to be home to the only Cenotaph in the country outside of London - the other being in Whitehall.

The First World War Commemoration takes place at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd, on Saturday, June 21. There will also be a parade through the town centre. All are welcome.

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