MORE than 400 residents from across Caerphilly county borough lined the streets of Ystrad Mynach on Saturday for the annual Armed Forces Day celebrations.
A short parade into Ystrad Mynach town centre, led by the Royal British Legion and supported by local Air and Sea Cadet corps, was followed by a flag raising ceremony in the centre of the town.
Speakers at the ceremony included the Deputy Lieutenant of Gwent, John Child, and students from Lewis Girls Comprehensive School, who read a selection of poignant poems.
The Mayor of Caerphilly County Borough Council, Cllr David Carter, was also present as hundreds turned up to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.
He said: “Armed Forces Day has once again provided a fitting opportunity for residents across the county borough to join together and give thanks for the contribution made to our country by those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces.
“I was delighted to see so many people turn out on this gloriously sunny day to honour the men and women who make up our Armed Forces community.”
Cllr Alan Higgs, the council’s Armed Forces Champion, added: “This event was a fantastic occasion for residents, the council and our partner organisations to demonstrate our support for our Armed Forces, past and present. It was so pleasing to see so many people out in force at this Armed Forces Day celebration.”
The council also welcomed representatives from its Armed Forces Community Covenant partner, 203 Welsh Field Hospital to the celebratory event. The unit were welcomed home from a tour of duty in Afghanistan at a homecoming parade in Risca in March this year.
For more information on Armed Forces Day in Caerphilly county borough, visit www.caerphilly.gov.uk.