Remembrance Sunday services across Wales

Thousands of people have been paying their respects to the war dead across Wales.

In Cardiff, the first minister and Welsh secretary joined serving and ex-servicemen and women at the Welsh National War Memorial in Cathays Park.

In Newport, members of the Islamic Society for Wales took part in the ceremony for the first time.

There were other memorial events in towns and villages around the nation.

Prince Charles, colonel of the Welsh Guards, attended a service at the Guards Chapel during their regimental Remembrance Sunday service. He also laid a wreath at the Guards Memorial in London.

Among others, villagers in the Pembrokeshire village of Carew Cheriton honoured the memory of 15 aircrew from six different countries who died during the war and are buried in the cemetery.

More than 100 airmen died while serving at Carew Cheriton, according to Deric Brock, chairman of the Carew Cheriton Control Tower Group which is renovating a RAF Watch Office on an old airfield site.

Image caption Remembrance at the war memorial in Porthmadog, Gwynedd

In Cwmbran, Torfaen, a parade arrived at the War Memorial Clock in time for the traditional two minute silence at 11:00 GMT, which was also observed at special services and ceremonies in towns across Wales.

First Minister Carwyn Jones laid a wreath at the National Service of Remembrance in Cardiff along with Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan.


Mr Jones said: "The generation who fought in World War I are no longer with us, but their passing means we must not stop remembering the sacrifice they made.

"While that generation has passed, sadly war and conflict are still with us and so this event still has relevance in the 21st Century."

In Newport, members of the Royal British Legion which, nationally, is celebrating its 90th anniversary, agreed for peace campaigners to lay a white poppy wreath at the cenotaph in Clarence Place after the main ceremony.

The white poppy was first introduced in 1933 and intended as a symbol for peace and an end to all wars but it became controversial with some veterans saying they felt its significance undermined their contribution and the lasting meaning of the red poppy.

Peace campaigner Pippa Bartolotti, deputy leader of Wales Green Party, said she was "amazed" when she received the go ahead after approaching the local legion office.

Douglas Piddington from the Newport British Legion said about 40 wreaths were being laid by different organisations.

Among them will be one laid by Mubarak Ali, secretary of the Islamic Society For Wales.

"This is the first time we or any other Muslim organisation have done this in Newport and possibly Wales," he said.

At the end of the national service in Cardiff, people were gathering for the march past and salute taken by Cardiff Lord Mayor Prof Delme Bowen outside City Hall.

"As the capital city of Wales it's important that Remembrance Sunday is observed in Cardiff and we remember all those who lost their lives including many brave Welsh men and women," said Cardiff council leader Rodney Berman.

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