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Wales to mark Armistice Day with two minute silence

A two minute silence will be held later today to mark the sacrifice made by Welsh soldiers. Credit: PA

Events will be held across Wales today to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The Senedd will fall silent at 11:00am and the last post will be sounded to mark the ultimate sacrifice made by Welsh soldiers.

In the year that we mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War it is right that the National Assembly takes a central role in marking the sacrifice of soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

More than 40,000 Welsh soldiers gave their lives in the First World War, with thousands more killed in conflicts across the globe and throughout history.

Many of us have a personal link to the brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefields.

– Dame Rosemary Butler AM, Presiding Officer

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Colwinston unveils memorial for Second World War dead

The memorial sits on the village green

The village of Colwinston in the Vale of Glamorgan has unveiled a memorial to four of its men who died in the Second World War.

Colwinston is one of only three 'Thankful' villages in Wales - places that saw all of its men who served in First World War return home.

A wreath was laid by the family of Sgt Leonard Charles Pugh, who died in Africa in 1942

First Minister: "great debt" owed to armed forces

Carwyn Jones has spoken of a "debt of gratitude" owed to members of the armed forces who have given their lives.

Carwyn Jones was speaking ahead of the National Service of Remembrance. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The First Minister was speaking ahead of the Welsh National Service of Remembrance which is taking place in Cardiff today.

Members of the Royal Navy, the Army, the Royal Air Force and other detachments have met in Cathays Park in Cardiff this morning to mark their respects.

"The Welsh National Service of Remembrance provides us with an opportunity to pay our respects to those who have lost their lives in conflict. It's a great honour, especially as we mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, to be able to pay tribute to those armed forces personnel who have given their lives. We owe them a great debt of gratitude."

– Carwyn Jones, First Minister

Welsh National Service of Remembrance gets underway

Wales' national observance of Remembrance Sunday is underway in Cardiff today.

Detachments from the Navy, Army and Air Force are in Cardiff today. Credit: ITV Wales News

Detachments from the Royal Navy, the Army, the Royal Air Force, the Army's University Officer Training Corps and the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets have been marching to the Welsh National War Memorial in Cathays Park to form up around the memorial.

Those detachments will be joined by columns of ex-Servicemen and women, organised by the Royal British Legion and columns of civilians representing organisations connected with current and past conflicts.

"The annual Welsh National Service of Remembrance has added resonance this year as we mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. It is important that we remember and reflect on the sacrifice made by men and women in conflict and the service gives an opportunity for Cardiff and Wales to pay its respect to all those who fought and died in two World Wars and in all conflicts around the world to secure the peace and freedom that we enjoy today."

– Phil Bale, City of Cardiff Council Leader
Ex-servicemen and women are at the event. Credit: ITV Wales News
Members of the public met in Cathays Park in the Welsh Capital Credit: ITV Wales News
Speeches have been made to mark the event Credit: ITV Wales News
The ceremony also included a military band. Credit: ITV Wales News
Events are also taking place in other parts of Wales today. Credit: ITV Wales News

Secretary of State pays tribute on Remembrance Sunday

The Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb has sent this message on Remembrance Sunday paying tribute to the lives lost in the First World War and others.

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“Forty thousand Welsh lives were lost from 1914-1918 and we must never forget the huge sacrifice that these men and women made to protect our freedom.

"The tributes that are taking place across Wales today demonstrate our enormous gratitude for the sacrifices that they and those in subsequent conflicts made.

“As well as remembering all those who served in the two world wars, this year I will also be thinking of the Welsh servicemen and women who recently returned from the 13 year campaign to combat terrorism in Afghanistan.

“I give thanks for their safe return home whilst honouring the memory of those who sadly lost their lives. Today is also a time to reflect on current conflicts and those who continue to defend our values around the world."

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Catch Up: Wales This Week, The War that Changed My Life

Just a week ago, the last UK troops in Afghanistan handed over Camp Bastion to the local army, marking the end of British combat operations in the country. As the last Welsh troops begin their journey home and we prepare to remember all those who have lost their lives in conflict, we hear the very personal stories of people in Wales whose lives have been forever changed by the war in Afghanistan.

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