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Welsh landmarks to turn lights out to mark centenary

Landmarks across Wales will turn out their lights tonight as the UK marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Between 10pm and 11pm the lights will be extinguished leaving just a single light or candle burning for a shared moment of reflection.

Cardiff Castle will be among the landmarks taking part in the UK-wide mark of respect Credit: PA

It is right that we commemorate and remember those who took part in the First World War in this centenary year and always. The bravery and sacrifice of those who fought and of the communities on the home front, continues to humble all of us.

– Cllr Phil Bale, Cardiff City Council leader

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Welsh families arrive at Mametz for centenary

ITV Wales's Jonathan Hill is at Mametz Wood where thousands of Welshmen gave their lives. Some of the families of those men are arriving at the site where so many made the ultimate sacrifice.

'We must remember the sacrifices made'

As Wales marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, Dyfed-Powys police is unveiling a plaque to all those officers who served. Simon Prince, Chief Constable of the force said those served showed "exceptional bravery".

Poppies in bloom Credit: PA

“Dyfed-Powys Police has a fascinating history, with many officers serving in both the military and policing during their careers. It is fitting that we mark this centenary, and we thank the public for the very positive response and immense interest shown to our request for names and information. The replies we received contained a wealth of facts and details relating to the officers The exceptional bravery and sacrifice by these officers who volunteered for service in The Great War will never be forgotten.

“It is important that we all take time to come together and remember the great sacrifices made by the people who gave their lives so we could live our lives freely. By reflecting on sacrifices of the fallen, and the great privileges that we enjoy today, we honour and pay tribute to their bravery, commitment and dedication. By remaining in all our thoughts and memories, they will all live on forever.”

– Simon Prince, Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police

Plaque to police officers who fought in the Great War

Shells still litter the floor of Mametz Wood where Welsh soldiers fought Credit: ITV Wales

Dyfed-Powys Police will unveil a plaque in memory of those police officers who fought in the First World War. It will be displayed in the Dyfed-Powys Police HQ in Llangunnor, Carmarthen.

Police officers were except from conscription due to their occupation but many still chose to fight - with many not returning.

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