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Online celebration of Armed Forces Day in our city

Our city's Armed Forces Day commemorations are going online this year.

Lord Mayor 2020 armed forces flag

Lord Mayor of Swansea, Cllr Mark Child, together with the council's Armed Forces Champion Cllr Wendy Lewis, will be paying their respects in specially-commissioned videos to be broadcast on Saturday in honour of those who have served and their families.

Normally the tributes are paid during the Wales Airshow, but due to the Coronavirus outbreak, normal plans have been postponed until next year.

Cllr Child said: "Armed Forces Day is the community's opportunity to say 'thank you' to those in the armed services who have served and are serving.

"There are many men and women from this area who are part of the armed forces risking their lives for their country in a wide range of roles. 

"We ask those who serve to go into harm's way on our behalf, often on humanitarian or peace-keeping missions, and I know their assistance made a real difference for Swansea Bay Health Board during the current crisis.

"Armed Forces Day this year is an opportunity to come together at home to raise public awareness of their commitment and sacrifice. It is a debt we can't repay, but we can show them our support."

The Council is showing its support this year by proudly flying the Armed Forces Day flag all week outside the Guildhall.

Cllr Child and Cllr Lewis will also be paying 'virtual visits' online to veteran group members to thank them personally.

Cllr Lewis said: "I'm really disappointed that we've not been able to celebrate Armed Forces Day together because I know it brings all the veterans together for a great day sharing memories. But we will meet again when the Coronavirus pandemic is over.

"I'm still able to meet with veterans groups all the time online with Skype meetings just to make sure that they know we at Swansea Council are here for them."

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