Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has continued its support for the Armed Forces Community with a Festival of Remembrance and Pontypridd Remembrance Sunday Service and Parade.
Both events took place in the county borough in November and were open to all who wished to attend – from young children to those who served in the Armed Forces.
The events were organised to enable people to come together to show support and respect for serving and retired Service Men and Women, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice, in conflicts at home and abroad.
The Festival of Remembrance took place at the Park and Dare Theatre in Treorchy on Sunday, November 3.
Poppies fell from the eaves of the beautiful theatre to mark the end of the concert and service, with performances from Cor Meibion Morlais and the Regimental Band of the Royal Welsh and support from the Royal British Legion and the wider Armed forces community.
The following Sunday, November 10, Pontypridd Remembrance Sunday Service and Parade took place.
The morning began with a service at St Catherine’s Church and then a parade into Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, where a service was held at the war memorial and roll of honour, amid ceramic poppies that were hand made by residents and community groups.
Remembrance services were held in Aberdare, which has just seen the recent dedication of the Cynon Valley Memorial Garden, Treorchy, Pontypridd, as well as in the many towns and villages that make up the community of Rhondda Cynon Taf, marking 100 years of Remembrance in the United Kingdom.
Cllr Maureen Webber is Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Deputy Leader and Armed Forces champion.
She said: “A Festival of Remembrance on November 3 and the Pontypridd Remembrance Sunday Service and Parade on November 10 mark the end of the Council’s 2019 programme of events for our Armed Forces, which also included Armed Forces Day earlier in the year.
“They are an important way for us to bring organisations and residents together so we can all collectively show our support and respect for serving and retired Servicer Men and Women and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“Events such as this form part of a wider commitment we have, as set out in the Community Covenant. We were the first Council in Wales to sign a commitment to serving and retired Service Men and Women – and their families – to ensure they get the support they need in terms of housing, education, resettlement and health.
“While 2019 has been a busy year for us in relation to the Armed Forces, 2020 is set to be even busier, as we prepare to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day and the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
“I am honoured to be the Council’s Armed Forces Champion. Remembrance is something very important for me – personally and professionally.
“2020 will be an important year and we urge people to show their support for what is set to be a poignant programme of events.”
The following events have been confirmed for 2020
- VE Day 75 – May 8, 2020
- Reserves Day – June 24, 2020
- Armed Forces Day – June 27, 2020
- Battle of Britain 80th Anniversary – September 2020
- A Festival of Remembrance – November 1, 2020
- Pontypridd Remembrance Sunday Service and Parade – November 8, 2020
Find out more here
Posted on Thursday 14th November 2019