The Armed Forces Day Commemoration Service has taken place at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's Armed Forces Day commemoration service has taken place at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park in Pontypridd - all the more poignant this year as it is also the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
The Armed Forces Day Commemoration Service, held in partnership with the Royal British Legion and Pontypridd Town Council, was well attended by invited guests and members of the public. The Service not only honoured the Council’s long-standing commitment to Armed Forces Day, but also formed part of a wider programme of activities to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War.
The service was be led by Reverend Peter Lewis, of St Catherine’s Church, Pontypridd, and was the perfect opportunity to join former and current Armed Forces personnel for a service, which also included the raising of the flag, in the true tradition of Armed Forces Day.
Picture Special from the 2014 Armed Forces Day Commemorative Service
Armed Forces Day (Saturday, June 28), is marked every year in Rhondda Cynon Taf in order to raise awareness of the contribution made by those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces and allow residents to show their support for those who make up the Armed Forces Community – from veterans and serving staff to the cadets, reserves and, of course, the families of troops.
Cllr Maureen Webber, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Cabinet Member for Council Business and Corporate Affairs, said: “We have a proud tradition in Rhondda Cynon Taf of supporting our troops and this event with the Royal British Legion and town council allowed us to honour our long-standing, annual commitment to Armed Forces Day.
“For 2014, the event was particularly fitting as it has taken place during the year in which we will mark and commemorate the start of the First World War (1914-18).
“Our commemoration service on June 21 reached out to people of all ages. We know there are schools, community groups, individuals and older residents who are each planning to mark the centenary of the start of the Great War in their own way.
“I firmly believe we should never forget the sacrifices made by men and women for our country throughout the years. That message becomes all the more important and poignant this year.
“Wars are sadly still a part of our world and young people can take a great deal from understanding the causes and impact of the ‘Great War’ into how we should resolve conflict in our own time.
“It is important that today’s generation remember and never forget our past. It is our aim to provide the foundations upon which to build a cultural and educational legacy to ensure that the sacrifice and service of 100 years ago is still remembered 100 years from now.”
As well as organising this special event, the Council is supporting and planning further activities between 2014 and 2018 to commemorate the Centenary and other important events and anniversaries from the First World War.
The Council is also proud of its Community Covenant, which sets out the commitment it shows former and serving members of the Armed Forces and their families, from financial assistance to signposting to support services.