Protests over Army cuts

Parents of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are to take part in peaceful protests up and down the country today against plans to reduce the size of the Army.

Vigils held over cuts to armed forces

The parents of soldiers currently serving in the armed forces have joined former servicemen at vigils at war memorials nationwide.

People also gathered at a war memorial in Cardiff.

The events have been arranged to raise awareness of opposition to planned cuts in the British Army.

In total the service is losing seventeen major units, and here in Wales 2nd Battalion the Royal Welsh will be disbanded.

The Ministry of Defence says the changes are needed to make the forces sustainable

Soldiers' families to protest over defence cuts

Parents of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are to take part in peaceful protests up and down the country against plans to reduce the size of the Army.

It's expected that families of those who have given their lives, and others affected by the cuts, will gather at local war memorials, where they will lay wreaths.

Following opposition against holding the demonstation at the war memorials, they will move a few hundred yards away to release balloons and read poems.

The Government has defended the cuts, claiming that 'tough decisions' had to be made in order to 'transform' the Army.

After inheriting a massive overspend from the last Government, we have had to make tough decisions to implement our vision of a formidable, adaptable and flexible Armed Forces. After a decade of enduring operations, we needed to transform the Army and build a balanced, capable and adaptable force ready to face the future. Army 2020 will create a more flexible and agile Army. Unlike the past, it will be set on a firm foundation of men and materiel, well-trained, well-equipped, and fully-funded.

– Philip Hammond, Defence Secretary

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