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SWANSEA stood silent for the fallen this weekend and on Monday, (Nov, 11), to pay their respects to those who gave their lives for their country.

The 11th of November is the day traditionally put aside to remember all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today, marking the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 when World War I ended.

Monday will see the now-traditional Silence in the Square event taking place from 10.20 am until noon with a Two Minute Silence at 11 am. Among those participating will be young singers Laura Fisher and James Oakley.

Among the events being arranged is a Royal British Legion-organised Festival of Remembrance on Saturday, November 9 at the Brangwyn Hall, where the Lord Mayor, Cllr Peter Black and the Lady Mayoress, Angela Black, will be in attendance.

The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress attended a Royal British Legion remembrance service at St Mary’s Church in the city centre on Sunday, (Nov, 10).

Cllr Black said: “These events are among many taking place in Swansea over the next week or so as we pause to pay our respects to the fallen.

“So many local people have made the ultimate sacrifice over the years, giving their lives so that we can enjoy the freedom that many of us sometimes take for granted.

“This time of year is also a further opportunity to say thank-you to those veterans and their families who have made an important contribution to keeping us safe.

“I’d urge as many people as possible to take a few minutes over the weekend to reflect on the sacrifices of the fallen and recognise the on-going service of our Armed Forces personnel to protect the democracy that we cherish.”

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