Tickets announced for Glasgow WWI centenary service

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Glasgow cenotaph
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A wreath-laying service will be held at the cenotaph in Glasgow's George Square

About 4,000 tickets are being made available for part of the UK's largest World War I commemoration in Glasgow.

Free tickets to the cenotaph service in George Square will be made available via a dedicated ticket line - 0141 287 7999 - from 09:00 on 7 July.

The service, at 10:00 on 4 August, will run in tandem with a Commonwealth-themed service at Glasgow Cathedral.

It is hoped visiting heads of state, who will attend the closing ceremony of the Games the day before, will attend.

The Glasgow events will be the first and largest commemoration the UK is staging on the centenary of the conflict.

The events in Glasgow, Mons in Belgium, and Westminster Abbey, London, form a key part of the UK government's centenary programme.

'Never forget'

UK Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said: "The First World War changed the world. It resulted in more than a million British and Commonwealth service men giving their lives, often thousands of miles away from home.

"It's right that we honour and remember the lives of the millions who served in, and were affected by, the war and that we reflect on the broader significance of that era and the impact it has on our lives today.

"The events at Glasgow Cathedral and George Square will honour those from the Commonwealth and beyond. We will never forget their sacrifice."

The Lord Lieutenant, Glasgow's Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, will lead the service remembering Britain's role in the war.

She said: "Glasgow feels very honoured to play such a major role in Britain and the Commonwealth's commemoration of the centenary of the start of the First World War.

"It is very important that members of the public can attend the event in Glasgow's George Square to witness this important and poignant day of remembrance.

"We hope people from near and far and from across the Commonwealth will take up the opportunity to gain one of the 4,000 public tickets and join with us on 4 August to remember those who fought and died in the war."

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