The Royal British Legion and the Labour council administration have joined forces to commemorate those in the armed forces who have served their country.
This year’s Remembrance ceremonies have been adapted so that veterans and the public have the opportunity to pay tribute to those who have fallen and those who have served in a safe and meaningful way.
Remembrance Sunday takes place during the firebreak and Welsh Government guidance says that no events should take place in places of worship and there should be no parades that day.
Labour Cllr Wendy Lewis, Swansea’s Armed Forces Champion, said she was delighted that Remembrance Sunday was still able to go ahead safely despite Covid restrictions in Wales.
“It is right and proper that the people of Swansea should still have the opportunity to remember those we have lost in conflicts down the years and to all armed forces veterans,” she said.
“But we also know that we have to pay our respects in as safe a way as possible under the current firebreak restrictions.
“It will be different this year but that won’t change people’s heartfelt feelings for those who have served in our armed forces.”
Labour Cllr Rob Stewart, Leader of Swansea Council, said: “Down the generations the people of Swansea have always shown that Swansea is here for our armed forces and for our veterans.
“Whilst we’ve had to adapt some of our plans to ensure people’s safety, we are determined to commemorate those who have served and those who have given their lives for their country.
“We want people to pay their respects at home, and for those who visit cenotaphs we are asking them to do so throughout the day on Remembrance Sunday so that we avoid large gatherings at any one time.
“I know the people of Swansea want to pay their respects and we want to support them to do this in a safe and meaningful way.”
This year’s commemorations in Swansea are:
- For Remembrance Sunday, Representatives of the Royal British Legion, The Lord-Lieutenant Louise Fleet, Lord Mayor of Swansea, Cllr Mark Child, Swansea Council Leader Rob Stewart and the council’s Armed Forces Champion, Cllr Wendy Lewis, paid their respects at a socially-distanced visit to the Swansea Cenotaph on October 22.
- Swansea Council will be lighting up the Guildhall in poppy-red on the evening of Remembrance Sunday and every night up to and including November 11.
- As part of November 11 commemorations Great Western Railway is laying on a special Poppy Train on November 11 which will carry wreaths from the people of Swansea to be laid at its war memorial on Platform 1 at Paddington Station.
- Castle Square screen will show the BBC coverage of national commemorations on Remembrance Sunday and November 11.
- Due to Welsh Government guidance, there will be no formal activity at the Cenotaph on the Promenade on Remembrance Sunday. Individual marks of respect are allowed in line with Welsh Government guidance which can be found here: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-firebreak-frequently-asked-questionsOpens new window
- Small scale personal commemorations may take place on an individual basis on Remembrance Sunday at local cenotaphs across Swansea.
- In line with Welsh Government guidance about outdoor gatherings taking place after November 9, a small-scale Remembrance commemoration will take place at the Cenotaph on the Promenade on November 11.
- A church service will take place on November 11 at St Mary’s Church which will be strictly by invitation only.
Philip Flower, Chairman of the Royal British Legion, said: “Due to the Covid pandemic we’ve had to modify our plans extensively for this year’s Remembrance commemorations in Swansea to ensure people’s safety in line with the latest Government advice.
“However, working with Swansea Council we have put together a programme of commemorations to ensure we pay tribute in a safe and meaningful way to those who have given their lives and those who have served their country.
“We are encouraging people to pay tribute at home or to visit their local cenotaphs throughout the day on Sunday to avoid large gatherings of people at 11am and to keep themselves and others safe.”