Monmouthshire’s Armed Forces Champion, Councillor John Prosser has organised two events to coincide with Abergavenny’s Armistice Day commemorations.
At 11.45am Councillor Prosser will witness the unveiling of two quilts commemorating World War One in the Abergavenny Community Hub. The quilts have been produced by 130 pupils from across Monmouthshire and feature themes of the Great War including WWI poets, the role of animals in the war, life in the trenches, nurses, the Abergavenny War Memorial and poppies.
Later, at 12.30pm a Centenary Field Plaque will be unveiled in Bailey Park issued by the Fields in Trust Centenary Fields charity. The charity works across the UK in partnership with The Royal British Legion to secure recreational spaces in perpetuity to honour the memory of the millions of people who lost their lives in World War One.
Councillor Prosser said: “In this centenary year of the Battle of the Somme I am delighted that the people of Abergavenny and Monmouthshire will be able to commemorate the sacrifices made by those who have fallen on behalf of their country. I am very pleased that the youngsters of Monmouthshire will be playing a major part in these commemorations, and our lovely Bailey Park will be protected in perpetuity.”
Earlier in the day, Councillor Prosser will represent the council in his capacity as the county’s Armed Forces Champion at the town’s annual Armistice Day ceremony. Maroon rockets will be fired in the grounds of Abergavenny Castle at 11am and again two minutes later to mark the traditional period of silence.
- Monmouthshire County Council signed a covenant with the Ministry of Defence in October 2012 to acknowledge the county’s long and proud association with the armed forces. The Community Covenant gives local voice to the Armed Forces Covenant and recognises the links that exist between the county’s communities and the armed forces.