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Remembrance service this Sunday

Wales’ national observance of Remembrance Sunday, which is jointly hosted by Cardiff Council, the Welsh Government and in partnership with The Royal British Legion, will take place in Cardiff on Sunday 12 November.

Detachments from the Royal Navy, the Army, the Royal Air Force, Merchant Navy, cadet forces will march past City Hall and along King Edward VII Avenue to the Welsh National War Memorial in Alexandra Gardens, Cathays Park where they will arrive by 10:40am and form up around the memorial.

Those detachments will be joined by columns of ex-servicemen and women, organised by the Royal British Legion and columns of civilians representing organisations connected with current and past conflicts.

Music will be played by the Canton Salvation Army Band from 10:30am until shortly before 11am, when the service will begin. The Cardiff Military Wives Choir and the Cardiff Arms Park Male Voice Choir will lead the singing during the service.

At 10:59am a bugler from The Royal Welsh Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh will sound the Last Post followed at 11am by a gun of the 104 Regiment Royal Artillery, Newport firing to mark the start of the two minutes’ silence.

Its conclusion will again be marked by the firing of the gun and the playing of ‘Reveille’ by the Bugler.

The Leader of Cardiff Council, Huw Thomas, and First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford MS, will join other participants in laying wreaths at the Welsh National War Memorial.

The First Minister said: “The Welsh National Service of Remembrance provides us with an opportunity to honour the selfless contribution made by all those who have lost their lives in conflicts past and present. This year’s service is as relevant and poignant as ever, as the escalation of violence in Israel and Gaza, the continuing war in Ukraine, and other conflicts continue.

“We will also come together to honour the Welsh servicemen and women undertaking peace-keeping duties around the world. Our thoughts and prayers will be with them, along with our veterans, their families and friends.”

The Band of the Royal Welsh and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh will play the National Anthems of Wales and of Great Britain at the conclusion of the ceremony. Members of the public may wish to lay wreaths at the National Memorial after the service.

At the conclusion of the service participants and guests will gather in front of City Hall to witness the March Past and Salute taken by HM Lord-Lieutenant, alongside The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Bablin Molik.

The Field of Remembrance has become an annual tradition in the city. and will close on November 15. Opening times are 9am to 5pm and entry is free.

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