One Army Veteran and Poppy Seller said he was excited to resume Remembrance Sunday service after Covid rules had affected the events last year.
Remembrance Sunday fell on the last day in Wales’ 2020 firebreak lockdown. There were fewer outdoor events.
Peter Wilson (76), from Magor in Monmouthshire said that it created “moving scenes” of people viewing from their gardens rather than from the town cenotaph.
Many events take place outdoors, with social distancing encouraged.
The services will take place in various locations across the country including Cardiff, Swansea and Aberystwyth as well Llandudno, Wrexham, Llandudno, Llandudno, Llandudno, Llandudno, Llandudno, and Wrexham.
- On Armistice Day, the UK honors all those who died in war
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Wilson joined the Army in 1963 and spent 24 years with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. He said that he looked forward to Sunday, having “much depleted” his services last year.
Wilson said, “I am quite excited because the remembrance of all is very important for us all,” he was a poppy-seller at Royal British Legion. It is now in its 100th anniversary.
It’s an event that I look forward to because we get to reflect on our past together and remember the comrades we lost.
“We shouldn’t forget how people helped us. Life would have been very different without them.”
Anthony Metcalfe was the Royal British Legion’s area manager. He said that the charity is “delighted” for services to reopen.
He stated: “After last years in-person events for remembrance had to be cancelled due to Covid and reduced to scale, it’s wonderful that Wales can once again unite to remember our Armed Forces.”
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The services will be held all across the country including in Cathays Park in Cardiff. First Minister Mark Drakeford is expected to attend.
He said, “On Armistice day and Remembrance sun, we pause for reflection on all those that lost their lives or who sacrificed so much to defend our values and liberties.”
Brian Latham from Llandudno (Conwy County), 97, is another participant in a military service. Along with his fellow Glider Pilot Regiment soldiers in World War Two, he will take part in the Cenotaph Parade in London.
Just a few weeks prior to VE Day, he flew an airplane carrying supplies and troops into Germany in March 1945.
He stated that the Glider Pilot Regiment was a “corps d’elite” on par with Special Forces Commandos.
It is an honor and a privilege being with my son Jeremy, along all the others who will be marching at Cenotaph.
Services across the country are still affected by the Covid epidemic.
People in Wrexham have been requested to use a mask for social distance. The town’s Memorial Hall has also been used as a Covid testing site.
A service has been scheduled for Brecon at the cathedral. However, Covid will only invite you to attend. It will also be available online.
Ceredigion council stated that roads will be closed in Lampeter, Cardigan and around the war memorials of each town.
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