Wales Office Ministers will honour the sacrifices made by Welsh servicemen and women when they attend Armed Forces Day celebrations in Wrexham and Cardiff.
From front line troops and their families, to veterans and the Cadet Forces, the armed forces community will be at the heart of a series of nationwide events to mark the commitment given to the nation by those in the services.
Secretary of State for Wales David Jones MP will attend the North Wales Armed Forces day celebration event in Wrexham (21 June).
Wales Office Minister Stephen Crabb MP will attend the national event in Cardiff (28 June) which will include air displays and the traditional Veterans Parade and Drumhead Service.
Secretary of State for Wales David Jones MP said:
I’m delighted to have the opportunity to attend the North Wales’ Armed Forces Day event. Anglesey is home to RAF Valley, a world-leading centre for military aviation, which makes a vital contribution to UK defence and resilience – something recognised by the many nations who send their pilots there to train. Wrexham itself also enjoyed a 200 year affiliation with the Royal Welsh Company at the Hightown Barracks.
As Wales prepares to host the NATO Summit in September, today is another opportunity to highlight Wales’ fine military tradition and the skills and expertise of our defence sector. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to those who work tirelessly, often in difficult circumstances, to defend our values and way of life.
Wales Office Minister Stephen Crabb MP said:
Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for the people of Wales to show our gratitude for the work of our service personnel.
We have a significant military footprint in Wales. In recent times, Welsh units and reservists have both been deployed and served on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
From those serving on the front-line to their families and loved ones providing essential support at home, on Armed Forces Day we commemorate and show our support for the sacrifices of our entire armed forces community.
The Armed Forces Day flag will be flying above Gwydyr House in Whitehall from 23 June to 30 June to mark the build up to the sixth annual Armed Forces Day.
The city of Stirling in Scotland has been announced as the national host of this year’s Armed Forces Day.