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Last Updated: Sunday, 17 July, 2005, 13:56 GMT 14:56 UK
WWII sacrifice marked at service
Veterans and their families attended the service
More than 1,400 people have attended commemorations in north Wales to mark the end of World War II.

A church service and parade were organised in Llandudno by the Royal British Legion to mark the 60th anniversary of VE and VJ Day.

A fly-past of aircraft took place during the wreath-laying ceremony at the town's cenotaph at around 1430 BST.

Organisers said beforehand they were expecting veterans from across Wales and England to attend the event.

'Something special'

Billy Evans, president of Royal British Legion, Llandudno branch, said: "We decided to put VE Day and VJ Day together for our commemorations and we're expecting people from all over Wales and as far afield as Blackpool and Birmingham.

"It's important to recognise that the veterans still live for it with their medals and their stories.

"We wanted to do something special for them since it's a special anniversary.

The parade
The march took place through the centre of Llandudno

"Most of them are in their 80s and it's possible that they won't be here for the next big anniversary."

Veterans representing the air force, navy and army took the salute at Llandudno Town Hall, before aircraft from RAF Valley on Anglesey made a fly-past.

Last Sunday, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall attended a service at Cardiff's Coopers Field, which followed a veterans' parade to mark the end of World War II.

The Wales Remembers tribute linked up with other UK-wide events as part of a national day of commemoration.

Cardiff's parade, led by the band of the Royal Welsh Regiment, included veterans from the Navy, Army, RAF, Merchant Navy and Home Front workers.

There was also a service in London - centring on the Mall - in which one million poppies were dropped by a Lancaster bomber.

Many commemorations to mark VE Day and VJ Day have this year been combined to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.


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