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Fitting that we remember those who made sacrifice

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 10, 2012

By geraint thomas

  • Today's South Wales Evening Post front page.

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"AT the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them."

The solemn promise in Laurence Binyon's poem, The Fallen, will reverberate in Remembrance Sunday ceremonies across the length and breadth of the country tomorrow, as we pay tribute to our glorious war dead.

From those huddled around the cenotaph on the shores of Swansea Bay to the ranks of the thankful gathered in Talbot Memorial Park, Port Talbot, in the east, and across to the marching rank and file through the streets of Carmarthen, in the west, the local community will play its part.

And so it should.

Our front page today makes a bold statement that the South Wales Evening Post proudly and unapologetically pledges to honour Binyon's sentiment.

The country will fall silent tomorrow — on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month — at the exact moment that the scrape of a pen signed the paper that signalled the end of the Great War, sadly described at the time as the war to end all wars — how naive.

Less than a generation later along came the Second World War and today more brave souls lay down their lives for our freedom in the dust of Afghanistan.

Whatever your thoughts on war it is right and proper to honour the memory of ALL those who fell protecting our freedom, whether it was in the trenches of Flanders Field, in the skies over Kent during the Battle of Britain or the desert of Iraq.

From looking at our front page today you will see that as YOUR newspaper we have made a start compiling a list of those who deserve to be honoured but this list of heroes is far from complete.

To get this far we had to put in a Freedom of Information request to the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency.

It was only able to provide names since the Second World War up to the current Afghan conflict and only those people who were born in Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot or Carmarthenshire.

Please help us complete the job. If you know of anyone with links to our area who has paid the ultimate sacrifice get in touch so we can add their names to the roll of honour.

We shall revisit the list in the weeks and months to come and keep an up-to-date copy on our website www.thisissouthwales.co.uk.

As the acting editor of South Wales Evening Post, Cathy Duncan, says: "It is important that we keep their memories alive so that the next generation understands the sacrifice they made in all those different fields of conflict."

Go to our website www.thisissouthwales.co.uk where you can see the 13 points representing the 13 war zones where people were killed.

If you have information you would like to add please ring our defence reporter Liz Perkins on 514615 or email her at elizabeth.perkins@swwmedia.co.uk

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  • Neathboy234  |  November 11 2012, 8:02PM

    maxmin what would you have happened then, the empire last for another 1000 years as Churchill wanted. How many more lives would you have lost to keep the empire going. Everyone in the world has the right to self determination, surly even u can see that is a good thing.

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  • maxmin  |  November 11 2012, 3:31PM

    R Welsh yours truly was there in 1967. Another disgraceful comment by Neathboy CLM.

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  • Neathboy234  |  November 10 2012, 8:28PM

    One man's emergency is another man's freedom fighter. Thankfully no more young men will have to die in a futile attempt to preserve an empire. Now this is something worth celebrating.

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  • RWelsh  |  November 10 2012, 8:01PM

    Southern Arabia (Bar on the General Service Medal) refers to the emergency in Aden (Yemen) and not the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as indicated on the map...

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