In Caerphilly more than a 100 people gathered in Risca on Saturday morning to commemorate those who fell in service of their country.

Steve Veysey, of Risca’s Royal British Legion, said the service at Pontywaun School memorial, next to Risca’s police station in Station Road, was “very well attended”.

Mr Veysey said: “We had just over 100 people there, which is more than last year. It is getting more popular.”

He said the service, which started at 10.30am, was attended by cadets, members of the Royal British Legion and members of the public.

Martyn Evans, of St Margaret’s and St Mary’s church, led the service, Mr Veysey added.

“We had some religious readings before having the raising of the standards,” he continued. “Afterwards we had the laying of the wreaths and crosses. It is all about remembrance – in Risca, we lost more than 250 people in the First World War and more than 150 people in the Second World War. This is our way to remember them.”

Mr Veysey said he thinks the service is becoming more popular because of the work the Royal British Legion does in Risca.

Pontllanfraith was another of the communities to hold a service on Saturday.

People gathered outside Pontllanfraith House, in Blackwood Road, at 1.30pm to commemorate those who fell in service of their country. There was a service and a laying of wreaths, which was followed by a service at St Augustine’s Church at 2pm.

Clive Taylor, of Pontllanfraith, was one of those in attendance on Saturday afternoon.

He said: “I have been here several years to pay my respects. It is so important that we never forget and that we learn lessons from the past.My son is a cadet with St John’s Ambulance and he actually laid a wreath – I am proud of him.”

Mr Taylor’s son, Tyler, 14, said he was “nervous” to lay the wreath – but that he thinks we need to “remember the people who fought for us”.

Islwyn MP Chris Evans said the service is a “focal point” for the community – both young and old – to remember those that have fallen serving their country.

He said: “It is fantastic to see many young people here. It is so important to remember those who gave our lives for our freedom.”

Islwyn AM Rhianon Passmore was also at the service. Ms Passmore said she wanted to pay her respects to those who sacrificed their lives.

“It is vital to get young people involved so that they have a connection with the past,” she added.

Servies also took place in Blackwood, Newbridge, Cwmfelinfach, Cwmcarn, Oakdale and others