The Royal British Legion has been officially granted the Freedom of the Caerphilly County Borough to honour the outstanding charitable work of the organisation supporting ex-service men and women and their families.
Christina Harrhy, Chief Executive of Caerphilly County Borough Council said “On behalf of the council and all residents across the area, I would like to thank the Royal British Legion for their tireless support, dedication and outstanding fundraising efforts that have benefitted so many over the past century.
“It is an honour for us to grant the Freedom of Caerphilly County Borough as it is a fitting recognition of the outstanding contribution they make to our society every single day.”
“The RBL have been a constant and reassuring presence for so many people within our community over the past century and it’s safe to say that they will be there for many more years to come, offering the same amazing level of support to those people who need it most.”
Services like the RBL play a pivotal role in ensuring the rights of the Armed Forces community are protected and the packages of support are available when needed.
Ken Terry of the RBL said “As the Wales representative on the Royal British Legion’s Membership Council, as well as a resident of Caerphilly, it gives me great pleasure this evening to receive such a prestigious honour on behalf of the charity.
“The Royal British Legion has a long-standing friendship and strong working relationship with Caerphilly County Borough Council. As a council, you have been truly commendable at ensuring local armed forces personnel, veterans and their families receive the support they need.
Thank you to all members of this council for this extremely prestigious honour.”
The public-facing awards ceremony will take place in Crosskeys in the summer when the scrolls and casket will be formally presented to the Royal British Legion as part of a community celebration.