With only hours to go until Llandudno welcomes crowds of people to celebrate the role of the UK's military, First Minister Carwyn Jones has issued a statement calling National Armed Forces Day Wales' chance to say thank you.

"I am honoured this event to celebrate our Armed Forces is taking place in Wales. National Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to celebrate Wales’ proud military history and is our chance to say thank you.

“We have a proud history of military tradition here and National Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to mark our debt and gratitude to veterans of previous conflicts in our nation’s history.

“2018 is a particularly important year as we mark the centenary of both the end of the First World War and the formation of the RAF.

“Today is a special day when we can join together to offer our support, and honour our present service men, women and reservists, and remember the valiant service of those who have served in past conflicts.

“The occasion is also an opportunity for the younger generation to learn and appreciate the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces so that have the freedom we enjoy today.”

The Welsh Government is a major funding partner, supporting Conwy County Borough Council to deliver National Armed Forces Day 2018.