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Marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Armed Forces champion, Councillor Maureen Webber,  joined the Mayor, Councillor Linda DeVet, and Council colleagues at 11.30am for the raising of the flags at the Council’s headquarters, Clydach Vale. 

Known as D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history took place on the beaches of Normandy on Tuesday, June 6, 1944,during the Second World War, laying the foundations for the Allied victory on the Western Front after five years of fighting.

Shortly after midnight on that day, the major operation began, starting with the beach landings and followed by aerial and naval bombardment across a 50-mile stretch of coastline – the biggest-ever combined land, sea and air operation ever known.

The D-Day landings involved 153,110 invasion troops, 6,330 ships, 10,440 aircraft and resulted in around 14,000 casualties on the day. A total of 4,414 men also lost their lives.

Councillor Maureen Webber, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Deputy Leader and Armed Forces Champion, said: “It is important that this day is marked, not only in Rhondda Cynon Taf, but across the whole of Wales and the UK, and indeed across Europe.

“It was a defining moment of the Second World Wari and one which involved countless individuals, many of whom did not return back home to their families and their loved ones.

“This County Borough is extremely proud of its strong ties with the Armed Forces, past and present, and it is important that we never forget the courage and bravery of these men and women,, at home and overseas.”

To also commemorate D-Day, Deputy Leader, Councillor Maureen visited Valleys Veterans today (June 6) as part of the Council’s continued support of  its Armed Forces community, past and present, and.to announce details of the Council’s Armed Forces Day 2019 event, which will take place in Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd, Saturday June 22,

Councillor Maureen Webber said: “I was extremely pleased to officially announce Armed Forces Day 2019, June 22 at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd, with the Valleys Veterans. They have always been extremely supportive of the event, and I am proud that the Council is able to support the Armed Forces community, both past and present.”

The Valley Veterans group, based in Ton Pentre, is run by former Armed Forces personnel with individuals meeting in relaxed and friendly environments to share their stories and experiences with other members of the Armed Forces community. 

The Council has also recently launched the Veteran Advice Service that provides free, impartial, dedicated information, advice and support to members of the Armed Forces Community within Rhondda Cynon Taf, covering a range of areas, including Benefits, Adult Social Care, Finances, Employment and Housing. For more information, please contact VeteranService@rctcbc.gov.uk.

Armed Forces Day 2019

Armed Forces Day 2019 will take place in Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd, Saturday June 22, and will feature a Parade around the Park at 11am, followed by the official Raising of the Flag Service.

It is a chance for people of all ages to come together to celebrate and support our Armed Forces Community and a fun day - as well as big band music performances by Lee Gilbert's Big Band – which will follow the parade.

Younger visitors will enjoy the bungee run, inflatable assault course, climbing wall  (all activities are £1 each and all proceeds go to the Mayor's Charity Appeal). They can also explore a real tank and the huge adventure playground in the park is free. Freemans will be bringing a small funfair with rides starting from £2.50.

The event will also offer information stalls from support services and the Armed Forces, with Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's Library Service bringing the past to life, with exhibitions and fascinating local history, as well as themed children's craft activities.

Posted on Thursday 6th June 2019

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