Llantrisant War Memorial
Written by Gavin on 14th November 2016
A public service to unveil the new Llantrisant War Memorial was held at the Bull Ring on Armistice Day.
More than 200 people gathered for the Service at 11am on November 11 to remember those from the local community who made the ultimate sacrifice during war and conflict.
All of their names are recorded on the new Llantrisant War Memorial following nine years of work and research.
The Unveiling of the Llantrisant War Memorial was carried out by Cllr Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and President of the Llantrisant War Memorial Committee; Cllr Glynne Holmes, ward member for Llantrisant; and Trevor Evans, formerly of the Duke of Wellington Regiment.
The Service was conducted by Chaplain Creighton Lewis OBE and Pastor Andrew Love, with a Psalm Reading by Tony Cale.
Poppy wreaths were laid at the new Llantrisant War Memorial and a two minute silence followed. The Last Post was played by Matthew Giles, of Llantrisant, and Sid Nash, of the Royal British legion, read The Exhortation.
For future generations, the Llantrisant War Memorial will be the focal point for services in the heart of the town. The Bull Ring site was chosen following public consultation.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor, Cllr Rhys Lewis, said:
“The new Llantrisant War Memorial will stand on the Bull Ring as a lasting reminder for those who gave their lives on our behalf.
“Situated in the heart of the town, it will provide a place where people will be able to come along and remember, reflect and give thanks.”
Cllr Glynne Holmes, Chairman of the Llantrisant War Memorial Committee, said:
“It all started when people asked me why we did not have a war memorial in our town. A campaign was started and I think we have now fulfilled a duty – a very important duty – to all those men and women who died in battle so that we can live the lives we do today.”
Llantrisant War Memorial, made of Portland Stone, weighs around three
tons and stands 2.8metres (8ft) high.
The Cross of Sacrifice has been created by Welsh sculptor David Peterson, the son of former British heavyweight boxer Jack Petersen.