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Parliamentary reception to note 'Welsh Memorial in Flanders' campaign

Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru has taken part in organising a Parliamentary reception to raise awareness of the campaign to build a memorial commemorating the thousands of Welsh soldiers who gave their lives during the First World War.

During the conflict the Welsh lost more men per capita than any other nation. Whereas Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, and recently Scotland have in Flanders large monuments to honour the fallen of those countries the people of Wales have no such memorial.

The event will be held in the Jubilee Room and attended by Sir Deian Hopkin (Welsh Government Advisor on WWI Remembrance), Peter Jones and Russell Harris QC of the Memorial Committee, and Secretary of State for Wales Rt Hon David Jones MP.

Speaking ahead of the reception, Plaid Cymru Parliamentary Leader Elfyn Llwyd MP said:

“With the centenary of the horrors of the First World War on the horizon, I am heartened to see so much public support for commemorating this event in a memorable and lasting manner.

"It is true to say that nearly every family in Wales has been touched in some way by the events and the losses of the First World War. This was, of course, meant to be the war to end all wars.

"Many lessons have been learnt from what happened and we must remember the sacrifice and suffering of those who entered the war in order to ensure the freedom of generations to come.

"I am pleased to have had the opportunity of being one of this evening's organisers and I intend to be in Flanders on the day this important monument is unveiled."

Sir Deian Hopkin added:

“As the centenary of the First World War approaches, preparations for the commemoration throughout Wales and Britain are gathering pace. Among these are the preparations for the dedication of a major Welsh monument to the contribution of Wales to these dreadful events.

“Through the generosity of the community of Langemark in Flanders and the commendable energies of the fundraising committee, this monument will be a permanent symbol of Welsh sacrifice in that war.

“Over the next four years we will remember the contribution of the whole of Wales, including women, farmers, sailors and many other sectors of our community, and also those who were unable to participate in the conflict on grounds of conscience.

“Through culture, literature and digital projects we hope to leave an enduring legacy for the education of future generations.”

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