Say ‘thank you’ to the First World War generation

Clwyd West AM Darren Millar has supported the Royal British Legion in marking the final year of the World War One centenary.

At an event in the National Assembly for Wales yesterday, Darren said his own ‘thank you’ and urged the public to take part in the movement which aims to thank the entire First World War generation who served, sacrificed and changed our world.

Darren, who is Chair of the Cross Party Group on the Armed Forces and Cadets, said:

“The Royal British Legion is calling on the nation to honour not only the 1.2 million British and Commonwealth Armed Forces who lost their lives, but also those - military and civilian - who played their part on the home front and those who returned to build a better life for the benefit of generations to come.

“During the last 100 days of the centenary from 08 August to 11 November, the Legion is inviting the British public from all cultures and faiths, community groups, schools, companies and sports clubs to join the movement to express their gratitude to those who gave themselves to the war and its aftermath, and rebuilt a better nation from its darkest hour.

“I was very pleased to say my own thank you at yesterday’s event. "Our armed forces do an incredible job for us on a daily basis it is only right that they receive as much support as possible in their local communities."

The Legion’s Area Manager Wales, Ant Metcalf said:

“The First World War left so many legacies that positively impact our lives today, from ground-breaking social change to pioneering innovations. The end of the centenary is a chance for us all to thank not only the British Armed Forces who fought and gave their lives, but the thousands who fought alongside them from countries from across today’s Commonwealth, and the countless men, women and children who played their part on the home front.

“We all have a connection to the First World War and everyone living in Wales today has a reason to say ‘Thank You’ to this special generation. We are grateful to Darren for saying their own special thank you and hope it inspires others across Wales to do the same”.

The Legion is asking the nation to plan their ‘Thank You’ activity to take place from the 8th of August onwards, to coincide with the anniversary of the so-called ‘100 days offensive’.

For further information and to find out how you can get involved in the ‘Thank You’ movement, please visit rbl.org.uk/thankyou