Carolyn Harris, MP for Swansea East, is urging residents in Swansea to honour and remember the service of UK armed forces on Remembrance Sunday next week. Communities will be coming together to thank local service men and women, veterans and their families for their heroic efforts in helping to keep Britain safe and secure.
Carolyn Harris will be marking remembrance by laying a wreath at the ceremony at the Merchant Navy Memorial in Technium Square in Swansea on Remembrance Day.
From supporting the frontline response to the Covid crisis, to evacuating 15,000 people from Afghanistan in just two weeks, the UK’s servicemen and servicewomen have continued to play a central role to support and protect British interests and values.
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, with supermarkets including Morrisons, Tesco, Asda and Lidl distributing poppies in stores in Swansea.
The charity has also developed a range of free teaching resources to be used in local schools or at home, with all the lesson plans linked to the national curriculum for key stages 1-5.
Carolyn Harris, MP for Swansea East, said:
“Just as they were over a century ago, our armed forces have shown this year just how indispensable they are to the nation’s security, from airlifting British Nationals out of Afghanistan, to driving NHS ambulances here in Wales.
“Remembrance is an important opportunity to honour and remember the sacrifices made by Swansea East servicemen and servicewomen, veterans and their families, past and present. It’s vital we recognise their heroic efforts and their enduring commitment to supporting and protecting us when we need it most.
“Here in Swansea East, constituents can do their bit by supporting the Poppy Appeal, and I’d encourage people to mark this year’s remembrance by attending one of the services taking place across the constituency, or by passing on an understanding of the importance of remembrance to the next generation.”