WE WILL RE­MEM­BER THEM – AS ‘TOMMY’ LIGHTS UP CAS­TLE

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

IT’S a haunt­ing im­age. A larger-than-life sil­hou­ette of a World War I sol­dier pro­jected onto one of Wales’ most recog­nis­able land­marks on the most poignant of week­ends.

The strik­ing sym­bol of re­mem­brance has loomed large over Cardiff Cas­tle this week­end as Wales and the world marks 100 years since the end of World War I. And it wasn’t just in Cardiff. The Tom­mies also il­lu­mi­nated Mar­ble Arch, the Tate Mod­ern art gallery, HMS Belfast, War­wick Cas­tle, the An­gel of the North, the Tyne Bridge, Ti­tanic Belfast and Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle.

The fig­ures have ap­peared all over the UK since the cam­paign launched in Fe­bru­ary, com­mem­o­rat­ing the Bri­tish and Com­mon­wealth troops who died in the First World War while also rais­ing funds for mil­i­tary char­i­ties.

Gen­eral the Lord Dan­natt, pa­tron of There But Not There and for­mer chief of the gen­eral staff, said: “As we reach 100 years since the Ar­mistice, it is vi­tal that we re­flect on the sac­ri­fice made by an en­tire gen­er­a­tion of ser­vice­men and women.

“These won­der­ful land­marks com­ing to­gether pro­vide a re­mark­able rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the na­tion do­ing ex­actly just that.

“We have been in­cred­i­bly moved by the over­whelm­ing pub­lic sup­port that we have re­ceived across the coun­try, which has led to more than £4m raised for mil­i­tary and men­tal health char­i­ties.

“How­ever, our jour­ney doesn’t stop here; we need the pub­lic’s back­ing more than ever in rais­ing funds to sup­port our vet­er­ans in cri­sis.

“Men­tal health re­mains a cru­cial is­sue and we hope peo­ple will see these poignant sil­hou­ettes and be in­spired to buy their own Tommy to both re­mem­ber the fallen and to help those that con­tinue to strug­gle to­day.”

Other com­mem­o­ra­tions tooks place around the UK yes­ter­day.

The Queen and other se­nior roy­als, in­clud­ing the Dukes and Duchess of Cam­bridge and Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex, at­tended the an­nual Fes­ti­val of Re­mem­brance at the Royal Al­bert Hall last night, on the eve of Ar­mistice Day. Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May joined the royal party.

The event fea­tured per­for­mances from Welsh mu­sic knights Sir Tom Jones and Sir Bryn Ter­fel.

They were also joined by the King­dom Choir per­form­ing along­side the Cen­tral Band of the Royal Air Force and the Band of HM Royal Marines.

It was or­gan­ised by armed forces char­ity the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion as a “thank you to all who served, sac­ri­ficed and changed our world”.

Mean­while, the Duke of Sus­sex laid a wreath at Twick­en­ham ahead of Eng­land’s rugby Test match against New Zealand yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Prince Harry was joined by New Zealand Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Win­ston Peters to lay their wreaths, be­fore the Last Post was played and spec­ta­tors joined in a minute’s si­lence. The prince also met the de­scen­dants of two for­mer Eng­land cap­tains who died in the war.

The Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge and, right, Queen Eliz­a­beth II with Princess Anne, Prince Michael of Kent, Prince Ed­ward and Prince Charles

A First World War Tommy pro­jected on to

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