On Friday (26th November) Vale of Glamorgan MP Alun Cairns brought together 100 local school children to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.
Pupils from Cadoxtan, Palmerston, Romilly, St Athan, Ysgol y Ddraig, High Street, Gladstone and Jenner Park Primary Schools met at the Cenotaph outside the Memorial Hall in Barry, where they placed 100 wreaths to mark the occasion.
Each wreath featured a message written by pupils from each school.
Mr Cairns called on Vale businesses to donate towards the cost of the wreaths, to raise funds for the Royal British Legion. He was delighted to raise £2,920, far exceeding his £2000 target, with donations received from over 30 businesses based in the Vale. Mr Cairns has said that he’s incredibly grateful to receive such support from the business community and is thankful for two substantial donations from Aston Martin who donated £1000 and Siteserv who donated £500.
The Vale MP said, “I’m really pleased with the fantastic response from our community in getting behind the 100 wreaths commemoration. Thank you to all of the schools who took part, the teachers and children, for their enthusiasm and for the really moving messages that they left. It’s so important that future generations understand the sacrifices that were made and why we honour them and it was clear to get a sense of that in their messages.
He added, “Thank you, also, to all of the business who kindly and generously donated towards the cost of the wreaths which will go towards the fantastic work that the Royal British Legion do. I’d like to pay tribute to Theresa, Jimmy and the team at the British Legion. They really helped to bring this together and it’s been a privilege to work with them.”
One Wreath featured a message by Lewis Lawler, age 6 from High Street Primary School which said “We don’t know all but we owe them all.”.
Following the laying of the wreaths, the children gathered inside the Memorial Hall to hear an emotional presentation from members of the Royal British Leigion about the reason behind the poppy and stories of local heroes that fought and lost their lives in the First World War.
The event was also attended by the Vale of Glamorgan Mayor Cllr Leighton Rowlands, Barry Town Mayor Cllr Janice Charles, Cabinet Member for Education Cllr Bob Penrose and Father Ben Andrews, alongside representatives from Aston Martin and Siteserve who alongside other local businesses sponsored the Wreaths.
Alun Cairns MP Said “Having spoken to the children and teachers I feel this is something they will remember for the rest of their lives.”