Written on 10-11-2017 by Awel Irene
On November the 10th and 11th, members of Cymdeithas y Cymod, the Fellowship of Reconciliation in Wales will be meeting in Caernarfon to remember. As well as remembering their forefathers and grandfathers who were killed during wars, they will be recalling the depth of the loss suffered by their grandmothers. As a result these women deeply desired to create a world without war.
In 1923, 390,296 women from Wales signed a petition calling for countries to resolve their differences without resorting to violence and war. This amounted to sixty per cent of the women living in Wales at that time. The women went to every farm and house in Wales and Monmouthshire collecting names. In presenting the petition to the American President, Calvin Coolidge in 1924, this is what the women said:
“Our constant hope and prayer is that our message may contribute something towards the realisation of the proud heritage of a warless world.”
The Cymdeithas y Cymod meetings in the Galeri will have this spirit of rememberence.
- At 1 o’clock on Friday the 10th, Aled Eirug will give a talk about the concientious objectors that were imprisoned in Caernarfon during the First World War. Between 2.30 and 3.30 there will be an opportunity to visit the Caernarfon prison cells with Emrys Llywelyn.
- At 3 o’clock on the Saturday afternoon, Lowri Ifor will be sharing her research into the Peace Petition. Everyone is welcome.
Women’s Peace Petition with the Commemorative Plaque on Caernarfon’s Cae Llechi
Welsh women prepare to present the 1923 Peace Petition to US President Calvin Coolidge
2016 re-enactment of the 1926 North Wales Women’s Peace Pilgrimage outside Caernarfon Castle
Remembrance Weekend Programme