A poignant public Dedication Service has been held at the Llantrisant War Memorial as a mark of respect to the fallen.
The community was united in its own personal reflections, remembering all those who made the ultimate sacrifice during war and conflict, their names permanently engraved upon the Portland Stone monument at the Bull Ring.
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Cllr Glynne Homes, ward member and chair of the Llantrisant War Memorial Committee, opened the Dedication Service, which was organised jointly by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and the committee.
Members of the locality, of all ages, joined dignitaries, led by the Lord Lieutenant of Mid Glamorgan, Kate Thomas; High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan David Davies; Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Cllr Margaret Tegg and Cllr Maureen Webber, Deputy Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Vice President of the Llantrisant War Memorial Committee.
The Master of Ceremonies was Creighton Lewis OBE, with readings by Canon Viv Parkinson, of Llantrisant Parish, Father Allan Davies-Hale, of St Dyfrig’s Church, Llantrisant.
Others taking part in the Dedication Service included Peter Wilson, of the Royal British Legion, Tony Cale, of the Llantrisant War Memorial Committee, and Matthew Giles, who played the Last Post.
Cllr Maureen Webber, Deputy Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, said: “Llantrisant War Memorial is a fitting tribute to the local men and women who so bravely made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our country and our values during war and conflict.
“The sheer bravery shown by each of the fallen named on the memorial is not only a sobering reminder of the devastating effect that war has on our communities, but it also serves as an inspiration, in that we must always strive to face our challenges with commitment and bravery.
“Services such as this are a vital part of ensuring that every single one of these remarkable stories of sacrifice and courage live on in our communities and are never forgotten.
“The Council continues to lead the way in providing a range of services to former and current members of the Armed Forces and their families through its Gold award-winning Armed Forces Covenant.
“This reaffirms our unwavering commitment to the entire military community of Rhondda Cynon Taf.”
A minute's silence was also observed at the Dedication Service before poppy wreaths were laid at the newly-dedicated Llantrisant War Memorial, which was officially unveiled at the Bull Ring on Armistice Day 2016 following nine years of extensive work and research.
The Llantrisant War Memorial is now the focal point of the Bull Ring, in the heart of community.
Posted on Monday 9th October 2017