As Neath Port Talbot Council’s Armed Forces Champion, I’d like to thank you for joining us for this online Festival of Remembrance. A year ago, we all came together, side by side to show our respects and remember those men and women from all communities that sacrificed so much.
2020 has seen life change for us all as we work together to continue to fight this pandemic. What has not changed, and will never change, is our resolve and pledge to remember those who in two World Wars and conflicts since, made the ultimate sacrifice.
This year, despite the challenges of coronavirus, we have managed to mark significant anniversaries including the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, and 75th anniversaries of VE and VJ Day. The events would have stirred memories in those who lived through those times and lost family members. We can only now try to harness the same spirt you, and they, showed then to help us through what we are currently facing.
I would like to send out a special message of thanks to the many members of our current armed forces, regular and reservists, and the many veterans who have volunteered and are currently deployed in the fight against and keeping us safe from this awful virus. They are demonstrating that, through the excellent training they received, they are a resourceful, adaptable, highly capable, resilient and dedicated to serving us all.
Until a time when we are once again able to shake the hand of comrades, pat heroes on the back and not be embarrassed to shed a tear amongst the assembled crowds at community and commemorative events, please take just two minutes out of our socially distanced lives to remember those who sacrificed their lives for ours.
Cllr Chris James, NPT Armed Forces Champion