The National Service of Remembrance for Wales

Wales' national observance of Remembrance Sunday, which is jointly hosted by Cardiff Council, the Welsh Government and in partnership with The Royal British Legion, will take place in Cardiff on Sunday, 11 November 2018. 

Detachments from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force, will march from King Edward VII Avenue via Museum Avenue to the Welsh National War Memorial in Alexandra Gardens, Cathays Park, Cardiff where they will arrive by 10:40am and form up around the memorial. 

Those detachments will be joined by columns of ex-Servicemen and women, organised by the Royal British Legion and columns of civilians representing organisations connected with current and past conflicts. 

Prior to the commencement of the service, the Welsh National Book of Remembrance will be processed by members of the armed services from the Temple of Peace to a place of honour at the Welsh National War Memorial. 

A selection of music will be played by the Band of the Royal Welsh and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh from 10:40am until shortly before 11am when the service will begin with bidding and words of scripture given by Cardiff Council Honorary Chaplain, Reverend Canon Stewart Lisk. 

The Canton Salvation Army Band will also lead ex-servicemen and women to the Cenotaph and will continue to play until the commencement of the service and during the hymn singing.

Cardiff Arms Park Male Voice Choir will also lead the hymn singing during the service. 

At 10:59am a bugler from The Royal Welsh Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh will sound the ‘Last Post' followed at 11am by a gun of the 104 Regiment Royal Artillery, Newport  who will be firing to mark the start of the two minutes' silence which will be observed. Its conclusion will again be marked by the firing of the gun and the playing of ‘Reveille' by the Bugler. 

Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan, Morfudd Meredith will then lay a wreath at the Memorial, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, followed by representatives from across Wales including the Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales, Cardiff Council Leader, Councillor Huw Thomas. 

Helga Rother-Simmons, Honorary Consul for Germany in Wales will also lay a wreath on behalf of the German people and the German Government. Members of the public may also lay wreaths at the National Memorial after the service. 

At the conclusion of the service all participants and guests will gather to witness the March Past and Salute taken by The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of Cardiff Cllr Dianne Rees at the front of City Hall. 

Cardiff Council Leader, Huw Thomas said: "As the capital and nation marks the centenary of the First World War's conclusion on November 11, 1918, it is still so important that we honour and pay our respects for those who fought and fell in a century of war. 

"As we gather again this year at the Welsh National War Memorial in Cardiff on Remembrance Sunday, we give thanks for the sacrifices of all those who endured unimaginable conditions to defeat tyranny and preserve the liberty of all generations that followed." 

First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, said: "The National Service of Remembrance gives us an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices service men and women have made  to ensure our freedom today. This year's event will be particularly poignant as we mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. 

"Our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones in all conflicts and also with those armed forces personnel who are currently serving to protect us." 

Antony Metcalfe, Area Manager Wales, The Royal British Legion said: "This Armistice Day we take the opportunity to not only pause and remember those who served and scarified in the First World War, but all those who have fallen in the service of our country in the hundred years since. It is important we never forget the contribution and sacrifices of our past heroes but we must also look forward with hope for our Armed Forces community of today."