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'We Will Remember'

'We Will Remember'

Every village and town across Anglesey, Wales, the UK and Ireland were impacted by the horrors of the First World War - ordinary people in extraordinary circumstance gave their service for our freedom - 'We Will Remember Them'.


This week in Parliament and the constituency focussed on events to mark the Centenary of the end of the First World War.

I attended a service in St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey to mark the event one hundred years ago when Prime Minister David Lloyd George and members of both Houses of Parliament met in St Margaret’s to give humble and reverent thanks for the deliverance of the world from its great peril!

The traditional service saw readings from the Speaker of the Commons and Lords as well as members of the UK Youth Parliament. In recent years Armistice and Remembrance Sunday has seen a big increase in families and younger people paying respect alongside veterans, active servicemen and women, civic leaders, the public and church leaders.

In the House of Commons, I spoke in the emotional general debate on the Centenary of the Armistice. I spoke of the role of women who kept our communities together during the Great War; the role of seafarers and the Merchant Navy who kept trade moving at these sensitive times.

I recalled the horror of the sinking of RMS Leinster, sank by a German U-boat as it left Dún Laoghaire for Holyhead in October 1918. To date it is the greatest loss of life in the Irish Sea. Those who perished included crew members from Anglesey and Ireland, passengers - men, women and children from Welsh and Irish communities and from across the globe. It depicted the horrors of the conflict of World War One.

Back in the constituency, I attended services and the Cenotaph to pay my respect as the MP for Ynys Môn to all those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War and subsequent wars.

Every village and town across Anglesey, Wales, the UK and Ireland were impacted by the horrors of the First World War – ordinary people in extraordinary circumstance gave their service for our freedom – ‘We Will Remember Them’.

Finally, I pay tribute to the organisers and to the Royal British Legion for their leadership!

Centenary Remembrance Day Holyhead 11 Nov 2018 Oic 1
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