Graeme Morrice MP has marked the centenary of the outbreak of World War One at a special Commemoration Service held at the West Lothian Civic Centre.
The service was held on the one hundred years to the day after Britain declared war on Germany entering what would come to be known as the ‘Great War’ and the death of over seventeen million people between 1914 and 1917.
Joining West Lothian Council and the British Royal Legion Scotland Mr Morrice remembered the many West Lothian soldiers who fought in the Great War and paid his respects to those who did not return.
After the service, Mr Morrice said:
“The First World War changed our country forever, it touched every family, affected every community and fundamentally altered our country’s view of the world.
“One hundred years ago many Scots bravely fought to preserve the freedom we still enjoy today, but the First World War’s lasting legacy is as a reminder to those in power of the brutality and tragedy of war.
“We are right to remember those who fought and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice a century ago but it is incumbent upon us to ensure that a similar sacrifice is never required again, and that future generations do not forget the lessons of this terrible conflict.”