War dead remembered at services around Wales

Remembrance Sunday services around Wales have paid tribute to the men and woman who have fallen in every conflict since the World War One.

Thousands of people observed a two-minute silence at services organised by the Royal British Legion.

In Cardiff, a march by the armed forces and veterans organisations was followed by a service at the Welsh National War Memorial in Cathays Park.

First Minister Carwyn Jones and Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan attended.

In addition to honouring the casualties of conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan, this year sees the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Mr Jones called it an opportunity to "honour all those whose commitment and sacrifice has made it possible to live our lives in peace".

He said: "Nearly every town and village in Wales has its own memorial to the brave people who fell in the two world wars. When I see those memorials, I reflect how fortunate my generation has been.

"For all the difficulties of recession and spending cuts, we have been spared the horror of total war."

Ms Gillan said: "For me, it is particularly poignant as I never knew my grandfather, a merchant navy seaman, who was lost in the second world war.

'Quiet reflection'

"It is a time for quiet reflection for many families and a chance for us as a nation to say thank you."

Wales Office Minister David Jones, who launched this year's Poppy Appeal in Wales at RAF Valley on Anglesey, attended a service at the war memorial in Ruthin.

Elsewhere, the Bishop of Monmouth urged congregations to remember in their prayers the animals killed in war.

Image caption Armistice Day saw people cast poppy leaves in the fountain in Castle Square, Swansea

The Right Reverend Dominic Walker said: "It is a sad fact of animal welfare that whenever human beings and animals come into contact, so often it is to the detriment of the animals, and yet there is a common bond between humans and animals.

Ceremonies were also held around Wales on Thursday, the 92nd anniversary of Armistice Day.

They included people casting poppy leaves in the fountain at Castle Square, Swansea, and an air raid siren sounding in Wrexham.

Later, the Prince of Wales, who is colonel of the Welsh Guards, attended a remembrance service at the Guards' Chapel in London.

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