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Swansea sets to hold Armed Forces Day on June 24

Guildhall and Brangwyn Hall, Swansea (pic by Ivan Hall, Wikimedia Commons)

SWANSEA is set to honour our armed forces at a special ceremony at Guildhall and you can be part of it

The Lord Mayor of Swansea, Cllr Graham Thomas, Council Leader Rob Stewart and other local dignitaries are due to be honouring those who’ve served their country in the armed forces at a special ceremony at Swansea’s Guildhall Rotunda on Saturday 24 June.

Cllr Thomas along with the council’s Armed Forces Champion Cllr Wendy Lewis, HM the Lord Lieutenant Louise Fleet JP and the High Sheriff of West Glamorgan Alan Brayley will be paying tribute to those who have served.

The tributes will take place on the Guildhall Rotunda at 11am and also present will be representatives from the armed forces, reservists, veterans and local cadet units. Residents are welcome to attend.

Cllr Thomas said: “Armed Forces Day is the community’s opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to those in the armed services who have served and are serving their country and communities.

“While we automatically think of their role in conflict situations, much of their work involves the important task of peace-keeping, humanitarian support and, as we have experienced in recent years, providing essential services alongside our health and blue light services.”

“There are many men and women from this area who are part of the armed forces serving in a wide range of roles.

“Armed Forces Day this year is an opportunity to come together to raise public awareness of their commitment and sacrifice. It is a debt we can’t repay, but we can show them our support. The Council has appointed an Armed Forces Champion, and Councillor Wendy Lewis has taken a lead in delivering on the commitment the Council has made in its Armed Forces Covenant.”

The Council is proudly flying the Armed Forces Day flag all week on its civic buildings. In addition, the historic Guildhall will be lit up in red, white and blue on the evening of 24 June.

Cllr Lewis said: “Swansea Council has always stood side-by-side with the Armed Forces, supporting veterans, reservists and those currently serving and their families. Although this commemorative day is important, our commitment to them as a community and as a council is year-round.”