Yesterday First Minister Carwyn Jones was in Belgium to begin Wales' commemorations marking the centenary of World War One next year.
Today he made the journey to France to visit the memorial to Welsh troops who died at Mametz Wood, part of the battle of the Somme, where almost 4,000 Welshmen were killed or injured.
It's the second day of First Minister Carwyn Jones' visit to Belgium and France.
The trip is ahead of 'Wales Remembers' - a programme of commemoration to mark next year's centenary of the start of World War I.
Thousands of Welsh soldiers fell in Flanders during World War I.
Now there will be a permanent memorial to them - and all Welsh men and women who served their country.
The memorial will be built from Welsh stone from Pontypridd, with a symbolic Welsh dragon completing it.
First Minister Carwyn Jones is visiting Belgium and Northern France for the start of 'Wales Remembers' - a programme of commemoration to mark next year's centenary of the start of the Great War.
Today he cut the first turf at the Memorial Garden at Langemark, near Ypres.
First Minister Carwyn Jones has broken ground on a new memorial in Langemark, Belgium, to honour people from Wales who served in World War I.
Mr Jones is visiting battlefields in North France and Belgium to mark the start of the 'Wales Remembers 1914-1918' programme, commemorating the War's centenary.
Phil Jones is the Wales Area Manager for the Royal British Legion. He told ITV News it is important not only to recognise the sacrifices made by former soldiers, but also those still serving today.
First Minister Carwyn Jones has announced that the Welsh Government will provide financial support for a new memorial in Belgium to remember all Welsh people who served during the First World War.
The memorial will be built in Langemark in Belgium, with the public appeal for funds a partnership between the people of Wales and Flanders.
£30,000 has already been raised and the Welsh Government has pledged another £25,000.
A further £60,000 will be needed to add a symbolic Welsh dragon to complete the memorial.
The announcement marks the start of the 'Wales Remembers 1914-1918' programme to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.