The Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones, will be visiting The Royal Mint in Llantrisant, South Wales this morning to tour what is known to be Britain’s oldest manufacturing organisation and the world’s largest export mint.
To be greeted by Andrew Mills, Director of Circulating Coin at The Royal Mint, Mr Jones will attend a Remembrance Day ceremony in the company of Royal Mint Directors and staff, where he will lay a wreath at the Royal Mint war memorial accompanied by the Last Post played by a member of The Band of the Grenadier Guards.
During the visit, The Welsh Secretary will also mark Remembrance Day by striking a 2013 £5 Remembrance Day coin, struck by The Royal Mint to remember the heroes of conflicts past and present.
The Secretary of State said:
Remembrance Day represents one of the most powerful moments in our history. It is a time where we pause to remember those men and women who have died or suffered in wars, conflicts and peace operations around the world.
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.
Andrew Mills, The Royal Mint’s Director of Circulating Coin said
We welcome the Secretary of State for Wales to The Royal Mint to mark the occasion with us. This is a time when the honouring of contributions from our military servicemen and servicewomen is particularly poignant for The Royal Mint, which has manufactured medals for veterans of military campaigns since they were first awarded to individual servicemen after the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.