A TOWN councillor is urging people to remember the fallen heroes of the war.

Cllr Peter Davies, of Connah's Quay council, said the children of today should continue to learn about the World War so they can continue the remembrance services for years to come.

He said: "It's important to remember the lives that were lost. That was one of the reasons last year I got all school children involved with the remembrance services. It’s the children of today going to carry on remembrance services in the future. The more I get the children involved the more understanding they will have.

"My grandad fought in World War One and dad fought in World War Two and although they didn't talk a lot about their time in the war, I had snippets of information.

"But children today are growing up and not many of them have family who were in armed forces. I think it’s very important we continue the message."

At their monthly meeting, Cllr Davies told members of his trip to Normandy to visit the memorials of the lives lost during the D-Day Landings on June 6, 1944.

The councillor, along with the Royal Welsh Comrades, went to France to visit 14 memorials and pay their respects for the local fallen heroes.

Cllr Davies told the Leader that one of the comrades on the trip, who fought in WW2, was awarded a French Gallantry Award for his service and another officer from the Welsh Officer was awarded the VC for dingle handedly taking out a machine gun post.

He added: "Where we had the picture taken, as the German's left the village, they killed most of the residents.

"So now, the residents just let the poppies grow as a reminder, they won't build on there or disturb the land.

"We went to another place where Welsh Fusiliers fought on D-Day and on the last day we visited a cemetery where two local soldiers got killed, one from Shotton and another from Hawarden who was only 19 when he was shot.

"It was very intense as we did six memorials each day but I enjoyed the trip. It was well worth it.

"The D-Day landings was the start where Britain and ally forces started to win the second world war.

"Listening to all the villages we went to, you hear about the SS being brutal well Norman German soldiers were just as bad. They were very brutal the Germans and I think Britain and America and the like did a marvellous job."

Last year the Leader reported that schools across Connah's Quay and Shotton came together for a special remembrance service and hundreds of people turned out in force to remember the lives that were lost.

Cllr Davies said this year he aims to get all the children's work from last year, including the poems read out at the service, and gather them together in a time capsule which will be placed in the sandboxes at the memorial.

They have also made a plaque with the 23 missing names of soldiers from World War One which will be unveiled on November 11.