Tributes to fallen Torfaen soldiers as covenant signed
9:50am Monday 11th March 2013 in News
SUPPORTING EVENT: Sarah Adams, mother of Pte James Prosser, who was killed in Afghanistan, signs the Torfaen Armed Forces community covenant at a special ceremony at Cwmbran Stadium
MOTHERS of fallen Torfaen soldiers were among those who attended a special event last week to mark the signing of an armed forces community covenant.
Torfaen council created the covenant, pledging to support army personnel and their families, and it was signed at a public event at Cwmbran Stadium on Thursday.
The covenant aims to encourage communities to support the armed forces community, and vice-versa, while promoting an awareness of issues affecting the armed forces community.
The event was also attended by dignitaries, special guests, representatives of the armed forces and school children from Blaenavon Heritage VC Primary School.
Leader of Torfaen council, Bob Wellington said: “We are keen to recognise the sacrifices made and provide appropriate support.
“If you are a member of the armed forces, a veteran, family member or widower, we will provide easy access to the support you are entitled to.
“Whenever requesting a service, make us aware that you are a member of the armed forces community.
There are often special rules that apply in relation to local government services.”
The council said the armed forces are an inspiration to everyone and the covenant was developed to reward and recognise what the armed forces do for residents.
The recognition also extends to the families of service men and women, veterans, and especially to the injured and bereaved.
Sarah Adams, the mother of Cwmbran soldier Private James Prosser, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009, attended the signing of the covenant.
Pte Prosser died on September 27, 2009, aged 21, while driving his Warrior vehicle in the Musa Qaleh district of Helmand Province.
He was serving with 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh.
Ms Adams said: “It’s a long-time coming that the armed forces get the support they deserve.
They need all the help they can get.
“Personally, I do not feel they get enough support from the Government, so any help locally is very welcome.
“It was a really nice day in memory of James, all the other lads from Cwmbran and all those across Britain.”
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