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The First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford will take part in the National Coronavirus Commemorative Event held at 5:15pm on March 23rd.

First published:
22 March 2021
Last updated:

This was published under the 2016 to 2021 administration of the Welsh Government

The event will bring the nation together to pay our respects to those we’ve lost and express our sympathy to those who are grieving for their loved ones.

It will be a chance to reflect on how the pandemic has had a profound impact on every community in Wales and celebrate how people in those communities have sustained each other.

The occasion will be an opportunity to express our thanks to our health workers and carers, who have done so much to care for those who have been ill and those who have lost their lives.

Ifor ap Glyn the National Poet of Wales will read a poem written especially for the Commemoration and the Morriston Hospital Emergency Department Choir have recorded a special performance for the event.

The First Minister will also take part in a minute silence at midday to remember those who have died over the last year.

Mark Drakeford said:

“Over the last 12 months, the pandemic has turned all our lives upside down.

“Too many families have lost loved ones and close friends and so many people haven’t had a chance to say goodbye because of all the changes coronavirus has meant to our lives.

“It’s really important we have an opportunity to come together to reflect on the last year and to unite to support each other through this tough time.”

The National Coronavirus Commemorative Event will presented by Huw Edwards and broadcast at 5:15pm on BBC One Wales and S4C.