Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, is encouraging local residents to pay tribute to the service of UK armed forces, past and present, on Remembrance Sunday next week. Communities across the country will be coming together to thank local service men and women, veterans and their families for their incredible efforts helping to keep Britain safe and secure.
Over the past year, our servicemen and servicewomen have shown just how indispensable they are to the Nation’s safety and security, from supporting the frontline response to the Covid crisis, to evacuating 15,000 people from Afghanistan in just two weeks. Personnel continue to support the NHS to deliver the Covid vaccination programme, and in October almost 200 servicemen and servicewomen provided support to deliver petrol to garages across the country to ease the government’s fuel crisis.
This year the Royal British Legion (RBL) marks its centenary, and the RBL are back in local communities to raise vital funds to support armed forces communities. 40,000 volunteers from across the country will be collecting donations for the Poppy Appeal.
Chris Elmore will be marking remembrance by planting the Remembrance Stake in the House of Commons Garden of Remembrance on behalf of the Maesteg Royal British Legion, laying a wreath for the Llangynwyd Remembrance and laying a wreath for Maesteg Remembrance Service on Remembrance Sunday.
Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, said:
“Remembrance provides an important opportunity to reflect on the enduring contribution of our Armed Forces, in years past and today, and to honour and remember the sacrifices made by Ogmore servicemen and servicewomen, veterans and their families.
In the last year alone, the armed forces have done so much to protect and support our country at home, from driving ambulances in Wales, supporting the UK’s Covid-19 testing efforts and stepping in during the HGV driver shortage crisis, in addition to the servicemen and servicewomen currently deployed in 80 countries throughout the world. We have so much to thank them for.
From the poppy appeal, remembrance services, community events and learning resources from the RBL, there are so many different ways to get involved in marking this year’s remembrance. I’d encourage residents in Ogmore to do their bit in remembering those who have fallen and those who serve to protect our country.”