Centenary of First World War

Date: 22/07/2014
Ref: PR 4647

We are marking the centenary of World War 1 at the full Council meeting this week.

The Mayor's Chaplain, Father David Wheatley, will lead the Council in prayer at the start of the meeting with a special mention of remembrance to those that served in World War 1.

Cllr Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "It is important to remember and honour those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country, as well as those that have served past and present."

The meeting is taking place on Wednesday July 23 from 2 pm and will be live-streamed on the Council's website at www.wakefield.gov.uk/livestream - to watch live or later when convenient.

The Council is also supporting the centenary service at Wakefield Cathedral on Sunday August 3. The service is open to the public and starts at 6pm.

This is part of a series of projects the Council has delivered to mark 100 years since the First World War. It follows the Council's annual Armed Forces Day in which thousands of people celebrated our past and serving forces on June 22 at Nostell Priory.

Wakefield Museum is also displaying objects dating from the war, demonstrating how the war affected many aspects of life in the district. Pontefract Museum also have a WW1 inspired exhibition running until August, this explores the war through music, poetry and the stories of local people.

Residents can also visit any Council library to find out more about their ancestors and research their involvement in the war. They can also read or add to the stories of local service personnel on the 'We Will Remember Them' website - Wakefield Libraries' collection of local personal tributes www.wakefield.gov.uk/remember. Members of the public are also invited to view one of the displays being held this summer in Pontefract Library. Books detailing the history of the conflict and war poetry are available at all library branches to borrow for private reflection at home.

Find out more about what's happening in the Council's museums and libraries at www.wakefieldmuseumsandlibraries.blogspot.co.uk  ​