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First World War Centenary commemorations

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Baroness Jenny Randerson: “The centenary offers a unique opportunity to bring us together as a nation.”

Wales Office Minister Baroness Jenny Randerson will today (4 August) pay her respects to the servicemen and women who served in the First World War as part of the nationwide centenary commemoration.

Baroness Randerson will attend the first of a series of national events to remember the start of the war 100 years ago.

She will attend the national service of commemoration for the Commonwealth at Glasgow Cathedral this morning to reflect the particular contribution the Commonwealth nations made during the First World War.

She will then attend the national service and candlelight vigil at Llandaff Cathedral in the evening. The service, which is being held jointly by the Welsh Government and Cardiff Council, will also be attended by the First Minister and the Leader of Cardiff Council.

Baroness Randerson said:

We are privileged to have a long and proud military history in Wales. The centenary offers a unique opportunity for us as a nation to reflect, remember and give thanks to all those who served in the First World War with such remarkable courage – both in the military and on the home front.

We want to deliver a truly national commemoration that not only pays tribute to the brave servicemen and women who fought in the war - but which also lays the foundation for the future to help our young people understand the war’s scale and significance and how it has helped shape our country today.

I would urge people of all ages and backgrounds to come together to mark and remember the lives of those who lived, fought and died in the First World War.

Find out more about the First World War centenary commemorations and how you can get involved.