World War 1 Commemorations

One hundred years ago, fateful decisions were made that led to the start of the First World War and changed the course of history.  Almost 10 million men from across the world left their families to go into battle, never to return, with the millions more who served all bearing the scars of their service.

Young men from across Britain served alongside soldiers from across the world – from the Indian sub-continent to Africa, from Australia to the Caribbean. They fought valiantly and with incredible bravery in unimaginably horrific conditions. Hundreds of thousands of British soldiers gave their lives to protect the freedom that we still enjoy today. It was a conflict that touched every family, affected every community and fundamentally altered Britain’s place in the world.

But as well as the soldiers on the front line there were many millions more who we must also remember who served their country in other ways – from the nurses risking their lives on the Western Front to those who played their part on the Home Front.

The First World War will, for generations to come, serve as a reminder of the brutality, and in the case of World War 1, the futility, of war.

Here in Morley the town of course put on a fantastic event over the weekend to commemorate the events of the First World War. From the tram in its spot on Peel Street to the brilliantly recreated army recruitment office, run by the Royal British Legion, as well as stalls from local groups and some fabulous music, Morley marked the occasion brilliantly.  So one hundred years after the start of the First World War, it’s important we remember the sacrifice made by those in Morley who laid down their lives for our country.

They will not be forgotten.

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Posted August 4th, 2014 by Ed's team