Plaid leaders remember Welsh fallen at Passchendaele centenary

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Plaid Cymru leader, Leanne Wood AM and Westminster leader, Liz Saville Roberts MP are today attending the centenary commemoration of the battle of Passchendaele in Flanders, Belgium.

Presenting the official respects of Plaid Cymru, the leaders issued the following statement:

“One hundred years ago, a three-month battle began which would impact Wales in the deepest possible way. The poignancy and tragedy of those events are well-known at home, not least because the loss of Hedd Wyn came to symbolise the loss of so many families, and the waste of a generation.

“The constituencies we represent committed thousands of men to this campaign and to the wider conflict. Every village, town and city had sons, brothers and fathers who went away and did not return to their homes or their families. The names of those never to return are etched on the memorials across our nation; but remembrance must also be an act which is ongoing and which is inherited by our future generations at home in Wales.

“Plaid Cymru again expresses its respects for those who served, lost their lives, or were otherwise affected by this terrible conflict. The greatest possible tribute to the many thousands who died in the First World War is to ensure that the same decisions are never made again. As the future for the continent remains uncertain, with many dangers to our societies, we urge national and global leaders to build peace and justice among the nations."

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