This morning men and women who have given their lives serving their country were honoured in Wrexham this Remembrance Sunday.
The Remembrance Service took place at the Royal Welch Fusiliers Memorial in Bodhyfryd, with a parade through town of armed forces and various representatives of groups attending.
The Officiants of the service were the Bishop of Wrexham, the Rector of Wrexham, the Cathedral Dean and a representative of Cytun.
The parade mustered at Hightown barracks around 10.15am and made its way to the RWF war memorial via Salop Rd., Mount St., Yorke St. and Chester St.
The parade was called to attention and Luke Gallagher representing Ysgol Clywedog read an affirmation of remembrance.
Then at 11am the Last Post sounded and two minutes silence was observed.
At the end of the silence the Reveille sounded, and the Mayor with Dr Helen Paterson (Wrexham Council Chief Exec) and their ‘party’ laid wreaths on the Memorial.
Further prayers and readings took place.
After the prayers and readings further wreaths were laid inside the Memorial Hall, as this took place other representatives of organisations present took their turn to lay wreaths outside on the memorial.
National anthems were sung, and a blessing was read.
Although we encourage people to write on our Wrexham.com Forum rather than running a ‘letters page’ , we did have this emailed in this afternoon from Daniel Jackson and thought it was right to place it on this article:
“It was an honor to join in with the service of remembrance at the War Memorial in Wrexham on Sunday. It makes you proud to see the many representative of our armed forces and community representatives and the increasing number of young people who have been attending over the past few years. The young people recognize the relevance of living in a world that still has conflict and remembrance is not just about First and Second World War.
The number of people attending this year seemed to exceed recent years. Congratulations to all involved.
PS to organizers: Is it possible to move the young Beavers and Brownies children so they can see some of the things going on rather than just looking at the backs of soldiers.”
We did also have someone get in touch asking about the procedure of the wreath laying order saying “Tradition and good manners usually dictate that the Mayor lays the first wreath followed by the navy army and airforce, then the veterans associations. In Wrexham today the veterans had to wait to follow the police, fire service, Salvation Army, St Johns, schools, Boys Brigade, Church’s.”
They made the point that in their view that veterans should have been before these groups saying “These are the people who made sacrifices for the other organisations. I would just like to know why Wrexham Council seem to put the most important people at the back of the queue.”
It is still possible to donate online to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal – for more information and to visit their site click here.