Lord Mayor leads Cardiff’s tributes to the fallen

Cardiff Lord Mayor Cllr Bablin Molik led the city’s tributes today to those in the Armed Forces who lost their lives in two world wars and other conflicts, at the opening of the Field of Remembrance in the grounds of Cardiff Castle.

Cllr Molik was among a number of other dignitaries, including Cardiff Council Leader Cllr Huw Thomas and Wales First Minister, Mark Drakeford AM, who paid their respects in a solemn ceremony organised by the Royal British Legion.

“Leading the city’s tributes to the men and women of our Armed Forces who lost their lives in conflict – and continue to risk their lives to keep us safe – is one of the most important duties I perform during my year in office,” said Cllr Molik.

“The Field of Remembrance is, of course, poignant in any year but the current events in Ukraine and in the Middle East throw into sharp relief the debt we all owe to our servicemen and women. I was proud and honoured to have paid my respects on behalf of the people of Cardiff.”

The Field of Remembrance has become an annual tradition in the city. It opened at 10.45 this morning and will close on November 15. Opening times are 9am-5pm and entry is free to members of the public.

The Field features rows of crosses adorned with poppies and the names of the fallen, many written by their surviving families.