Wales prepares to salute heroes of a brutal conflict
EVENTS to commemorate the First World War will take place across South West Wales — after funding was announced by the First Minister yesterday.
Carwyn Jones officially launched the countdown to Wales's commemoration of the 1914 to 1918 war, called Wales Remembers.
And following the announcement, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire Councils all revealed some of their plans for the year.
Mr Jones said £850,000 would made available by the Welsh Government to support an educational programme to mark the centenary of the start of the conflict.
He said: "There will be very few people in Wales whose lives have not been affected by the First World War's enduring legacy, whether they are aware of it or not.
"That's why we want education and community events to play a central role.
"It will pay tribute to those people whose sacrifice is justly remembered by us all."
The commemoration will have an educational legacy, with every secondary school receiving £1,000 to develop a suitable activity and a major protect by the National Library of Wales.
In Swansea, a series of poignant events and exhibitions will be held.
Swansea Council's library, museum and archive services are among those planning activities to commemorate a century since 1914. An exhibition set to open at Swansea Museum in August will look at how the lives of local people were affected, both on the front line and at home. The exhibition will include exhibits from the time including period posters that were once used for propaganda. Expert-led talks and workshops will form part of the exhibition.
Swansea library service will also be holding a number of activities, including pop-up displays.
A First World War book display will also feature, as well as local history talks on subjects including Belgian refugees in Swansea and Welsh women working in the munitions industry.
West Glamorgan Archives will be holding an exhibition across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot called Remembering our Heroes, while thousands of poppies will be placed at the city's Guildhall Circle, the Civic Centre and the grassed area by the Cenotaph on the promenade.
Councillor Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's cabinet member for regeneration, said: "Many thousands of local people either fought on foreign battlefields or made significant contributions to the war effort here on the home front so that generations like ours could enjoy the freedom that many of us nowadays sometimes take for granted. The events and exhibitions will help remember the sacrifices so many of our relatives made and will ensure their stories aren't lost with the passing of time.
"We'll also be looking into the possibility of linking-in with major events across Wales and the rest of the UK."
He added activities would run until 2018, marking the end of the war, including a travelling exhibition across the city.
Carmarthenshire Council said it was still finalising its plans.