MEN and women who have given their lives serving their country will be honoured across the region this Remembrance Sunday.
This year, both Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday fall on November 11 and memorial services will be held in communities across Wrexham, Flintshire and Chester.
A two-minutes silence will be observed at 11am at war memorials and public services to mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when the guns of Europe fell silent and the First World War ended.
Poppy wreaths will also be laid around the country.
About 45 million poppies are sold each year by the Royal British Legion as part of the Poppy Appeal to support British Armed Service members both past and present.
This year the legion needs to raise £42 million, £2 million more than last year’s record amount of £40 million to carry out its vital work.
Alyn and Deeside AM Carl Sargeant, minister with responsibility for the Armed Forces, families and veterans in Wales is attending the Buckley remembrance service and parade this year and will be laying a wreath at the memorial site.
He said: “We owe our armed forces and veterans an immense debt of gratitude.
“Remembrance Sunday is an opportunity for us to remember those who have lost their lives defending our freedom and way of life.
“It allows us to reflect on the sacrifices our servicemen and women have made and continue to make on our behalf. It is important that as a country we have an opportunity to pay tribute to them and remember them.”
Events across the region
Bagillt – A remembrance service will be held at St Marys Church, Bagillt at 11am and at the Cenotaph at noon. Chairman Brian Doleman will lay a wreath at the war memorial.
Buckley - A parade starts at the Precinct Way car park at 9.30am followed by a service at St Matthew’s Church at 10am. The parade will then return for a wreath laying ceremony at the memorial outside the Royal British Legion building in Buckley. Lord Barry Jones and Welsh AM for Alyn and Deeside Carl Sargeant will both be in attendance.
Deeside – A service will take place at Connah’s Quay Civic Hall at 10am followed by a parade from outside the swimming baths at 10.50am which will continue to the war memorial, where wreaths will be laid. The parade will later proceed to Bridge Street in Shotton.
Flint – The service will start at 11am outside St Mary and St David’s Parish Church in Church Street. The main parade leaves the Royal British Legion club at 2.45pm for a service at the cenotaph in Chapel Street at 3pm. There will then be a parade with Northop Silver Band through Duke Street, Chester Street and Church Street, with a civic salute at the cenotaph before the parade makes its way back up to the British Legion club.
Greenfield – A service of remembrance is taking place at Holy Trinity Church, Greenfield at 10.45am. A short service and wreath laying ceremony will then take place at the Memorial Gardens on Coast Road, Greenfield.
Gwernymynydd – Gwernymynydd’s annual service starts at the war memorial at 11am in the village centre grounds on Sunday.
Hawarden – A parade will start from the Gladstone playing fields car park from 10.40am. The parade will arrive at the Hawarden memorial at 10.50am where a service and wreath laying ceremony will take place.
Holywell - There will be a service at St James Parish Church, Holywell from 10.45am followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the memorial gates at Panton Place. A march will assemble in the Lidl car park in Holywell at 10.25am. After the church service the unit will march from Well Street to the memorial gates at Panton Place.
Mold – The annual Remembrance Sunday parade will start from the New Street car park at 9.30am before making its way to St Mary’s Church for a remembrance service. The parade will then move to the cenotaph before 11am, when wreaths will be laid.
Sealand – A remembrance service is taking place at St Andrew’s Church, Sealand Avenue, Garden City at 9.30am
A parade will be held in Chester starting from Hunter Street at 9.30am.
The Lord Mayor, invited guests, councillors and dignitaries will meet at the Town Hall. The civic procession will then walk to Chester Cathedral, where a service will be held at 10am. A hymn will be sung at the Cenotaph from 10.55am. At 11am wreaths will be laid following the two-minute silence.
This year’s main remembrance service will be held at the RWF Memorial in Bodhyfryd at 10.58am. At 11am, a bugler will sound the Last Post and a two-minute silence will be observed. Reveille will be played by a bugler followed by the laying of wreaths.
Gresford – There will be a parade from Gresford Royal British Legion at 10.30am to Gresford All Saints’ Church where a remembrance service will take place. Then the parade will return to the Gresford Legion about 11.30am. This is then followed by a Poppy Appeal prize draw.
Overton – Assemble at the Cenotaph at 11am in Overton, followed by a service of remembrance in St Mary’s church opposite.
Chirk – A parade will assemble at the Chirk Legion car park at 10.30am followed by a march to the Cenotaph at 10.45am for a service, reading of names and laying of wreaths. The march will return to the legion for 11.30am. Shortly after the service the branch standard and committee along with council officials and the Rev Ben Parry will visit the memorial in Pentre for a short service.
Pub's support for Poppy Appeal
A PUB is supporting the Poppy Appeal through selling discount beer.
The Black Horse in Buckley is selling cut-price Fosters and Strongbow in order to raise cash for war veterans and their families.
Pub landlord Ian Freeman believes it is important to support the Royal British Legion campaign.
He said: “It’s important that people remember the sacrifices that our troops have made and to support them and their families. We’re on course to raise £300 which is double what we raised in our appeal last year.”
“For each pint bought we contribute 20p and we ask the customers to contribute some money as well."
He added: “There aren’t many chaps who served in the First World War around anymore but I think it’s still important to remember the sacrifices they made.
“I think the Armed Forces is one of the things that makes Britain great.”