By Sam Rowlands

MS for North Wales

The Remembrance period is a time for reflection and gratitude. It is a time when we thank those who have served, and those who are still serving. A time for remembering those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our country and the values that unite us.

I attended a Remembrance Sunday event at St. George and laid a wreath. There were many similar events, big and small, held across Wrexham, Flintshire and indeed the whole United Kingdom. The Remembrance Weekend (Armistice Day fell on Saturday this year) is a moment not only to unify the country, but to consecrate our bond with those that have come before us in the long history of our proud island nation.

When considering this history, symbolism plays an important part. The most iconic symbol of Remembrance is the poppy, which originally sprung up amongst the mud, death and destruction of the Western Front during the First World War.

The Royal British Legion have been selling poppies for over a century, and are still active in supporting veterans and their families. Whilst November is a focal point for what they do, their hard work takes place all year round. In Wales alone, the Legion has a remarkable 175 Branches, 30 Clubs and 15,740 members and continues to support servicemen and women from more recent conflicts such as Afghanistan and the Falklands.

It can often feel like there are irrevocable divisions in our society, especially in the age of social media and instant commentary. Remembrance is a time where we should put those divisions to one side and honour those who gave their lives for our futures. We Will Remember Them.

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