Let the Forces be with you... LLANDUDNO TO HOST TRIBUTE DAY IN 2018.
Byline: SHANE BRENNAN Transport and Politics Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
A North Wales town will be at the centre of next year's national Armed Forces Day.
Llandudno will play host to the centrepiece event in 2018, when Armed Forces Day celebrates its 10th anniversary. Earl Howe, Defence Minister for the Lords, said: "Llandudno represents a superb venue for next year's celebrations and I'm sure the town will bring together the whole nation in celebrating our Armed Forces. Wales was the proud host of the national event in 2010, when thousands of people celebrated in Cardiff.
"The support from the Welsh Government and local communities, coupled with the rich and vibrant history of Llandudno, means that the town is the ideal choice to make the event even more successful in 2018."
Council leader Gareth Jones said the county has a "deep affiliation" and a strong historical link with the armed forces. "We are proud and privileged to be named as the host of the National Armed Forces Day in 2018," he said. "Llandudno will be a great destination to showcase the outstanding work of the Armed Forces past and present. The event will be supported by all the North Wales Councils and key colleagues across Wales.
"Serving personnel and veterans of our Armed Forces Community will be assured of a very warm welcome and an event that thanks them for their commitment to keeping the country safe."
Events were held across the UK to mark this week's Armed Forces Day, including the national event in Liverpool.
Alun Cairns, Secretary of State for Wales, said: "I'm delighted that the national Armed Forces Day event will return to Wales in 2018. We will see veterans of wars gone by and soldiers serving in conflicts around the world today marching side by side in Llandudno, united in pride in service to their country. In Wales we have a special connection with our Armed Forces and this annual event gives the public an opportunity to show their appreciation and pride for our soldiers, sailors and air personnel who sacrifice so much for others."