Dundee West MP Jim McGovern is to attend the unveiling of a statue to remember the 8,960 Black Watch officers and soldiers who died, and over 20,000 who were injured, during the First World War.
Mr McGovern has been invited by The Black Watch Association to attend in his capacity as Member of Parliament for Dundee West. The statue will be unveiled at Black Watch Corner in Ypres, Belgium, on Saturday 3rd May.
Jim McGovern said;
“I feel truly honoured to have been asked to attend this important event by The Black Watch Association. The centenary of the start of the First World War is the ideal time for us to reflect upon and commemorate the sacrifice of the young men of The Black Watch who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their nation.”
“I have strong family connections with The Black Watch; my grandfather died while serving in the regiment during the Second World War when he was fighting against the rise of fascism. That connection makes this invitation all the more poignant for me.”
“The Black Watch have been a vital part of our communities in Tayside and Fife for centuries, this was especially so during the First World War. It is a welcome development that at the scene of one of the bloodiest episodes in the regiment’s history a reminder of The Black Watch will be in place for all to see.”
“Whether the First or Second World Wars, or the conflicts that followed, I keenly believe that the sacrifice of our soldiers should never be forgotten. The permanent presence of this memorial in Ypres will serve as a reminder to everyone who visits of the costs paid by our young people in the past for our present. I am honoured to have the opportunity to be able to do so in person and to represent my constituents at this important event.”