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Glasgow to host Commonwealth World War I centenary service

Glasgow cenotaph
Image caption Commonwealth leaders will lay wreaths at the cenotaph in Glasgow

Glasgow has been chosen to host the focal point of the UK and Commonwealth's activities to mark the centenary of the start of World War I.

Heads of state will be in the city next year for the closing ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games on 3 August.

The UK government has said the leaders will be invited to stay on for a special service at Glasgow Cathedral to commemorate the 100th anniversary.

This will be followed by wreath laying at the cenotaph in George Square.

Secretary of State Michael Moore said: "Next year's events to commemorate the First World War will reflect on the human cost of the conflict which involved those from across the UK as well as throughout the wider world.

'Fitting tribute'

"A special service in Glasgow to remember the fallen and their sacrifice will be a fitting tribute to their memory and the attendance of Commonwealth leaders will add to the sense of occasion."

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

Lord Provost Docherty said: "I am delighted to announce that Glasgow will commemorate this significant milestone in our country's history by holding a range of events to mark the centenary year of the Great War, beginning with a special service at Glasgow Cathedral followed by a ceremony in George Square.

"I know this is something that Glaswegians will want to be part of. They value their hard won freedoms and are extremely proud of their city's contribution.

"I am also thrilled at the prospect of our Commonwealth cousins joining me, and the rest of Glasgow, on this important day of remembrance."

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