Armistice Day 2013

Wales falls silent in honour of our fallen heroes

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Welsh British Resistance member 'honoured' to take part in parade

When he was just 18 years old, Dillwyn Thomas signed up to the Home Guard to help protect his country. Shortly after he was approached to join the British Resistance, known as Auxiliary Units - Britain's last line of defence against an invading Nazi Army.

The units were formed of volunteers who were too old or too young to be called up and were picked because of their intimate knowledge of their local areas.

If there was an invasion, they were to go directly to their operational bases hidden underground and wait for the enemy to pass, before coming out of hiding and disrupting the invading army's plans.

This year 88-year-old Dillwyn marched past the Cenotaph for the very first time, representing his unit. He spoke to ITV News about his experiences.

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Wales falls silent to remember our fallen heroes

Royal Marine 'Commando' waits to place a wreath Credit: PA

A two minutes' silence will be observed at 11am today at war memorials and public services across Wales to mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, when the First World War ended.

Events will be held across Wales, including services in Llandudno, Wrexham, Swansea and a service at the Senedd in Cardiff.

There will also be a Remembrance Day ceremony at The Royal Mint in Llantrisant which will be attended by David Jones, The Secretary of State for Wales.

During the visit, he will mark Remembrance Day by striking a special 2013 £5 Remembrance Day Coin, struck by The Royal Mint to remember the heroes of conflicts past and present.

The Welsh Secretary said: "The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day.

"The Remembrance Day coin is also a fitting tribute to those who have given their lives in the service of our country, and our gratitude to our servicemen and women who continue to protect our way of life, both at home and overseas.”

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