Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns, celebrated the 10th anniversary of Armed Forces Day in Llandudno on Saturday alongside Prime Minister, Theresa May, and Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, to salute the hardworking men and women from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force, both past and present, for their dedication and hard work in the forces in the glorious sunshine.
Also in attendance were members of MOD St Athan, in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Alun joined up to 250,000 visitors from around the nation in the Welsh town of Llandudno in North Wales to commemorate the day’s special moments, varying from the unique parade which took place on the promenade featuring more than 1,000 Armed Forces personnel’s, veterans and cadets, to the unmissable sight of the Red Arrows who took to the sky to paint it red, white and blue in celebration of the event.
Alun stated the importance of the event, saying, “Armed Forces Day is a special moment in the year when we can all pause to mark the sacrifice and commitment of our nations serving men and women, past and present.
I’m also pleased with representation from the Vale, from MOD St Athan.”
Alun was particularly enthused to learn more about local Welsh members serving during discussions with some of our local Welsh guards themselves. Mr Cairns was able to talk to them more about their role in providing security and help to Afghan Officials, which Alun had the pleasure of visiting only a month ago.
Alun, through discussions with members of our Armed Forces, is reminded of the importance to celebrate those who continue to demonstrate “the very best of what this country stands for”.
He was pleased to be able to show his gratitude by being given the privilege as Secretary State of Wales to present the award for excellence to Welsh FUS Owen on his hard work and commitment in the services, and extend the gratitude to the families and friends within the nation for their contribution to the continuing support of our forces from the nation throughout the day.