This Remembrance Sunday we mark one hundred years since the beginning of the First World War. 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.