White Poppies in Aberystwyth – The Story / Pabi Gwyn Aberystwyth – Y Stori

Cymraeg

By Cllr Alun Williams
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Mayoe Endaf Edwards and Deputy Mayor Brendon Somers carry the Town Council’s red and white poppy wreaths. Credit: Alun Williams

Currently this is a news story but looking back in 10 years will this be seen as history of national reconciliation in the making? For the benefit of other communities still facing awkward discussions, painful absences or dwindling attendance on Remembrance Day, we asked Cllr Alun Williams for an insider account of how agreement was achieved at Aberystwyth. Reading the following confirms the leadership and dignity shown by the community of Aberystwyth, its Council, the British Legion, the Peace & Justice Network and others.

WHITE POPPIES IN ABERYSTWYTH – THE STORY

Aberystwyth Town Council first began laying a white poppy wreath at the war memorial in the town’s Castle Grounds on the weekend of Remembrance Day 2004. Mabon ap Gwynfor, a grandson of Gwynfor Evans, Plaid Cymru’s first MP, had become a councillor in the local elections of that year and successfully proposed a motion which was then seconded by Cllr Mark Strong.

Like most town councils, Aberystwyth had always laid a red poppy wreath at the traditional Remembrance Day ceremony conducted by the British Legion and, with the Legion not prepared to allow white poppies at their ceremony, the proposal meant that the Council would lay different coloured wreaths at two different ceremonies.

The white poppy initiative was strongly supported by the Aberystwyth Peace & Justice Network – a co-ordination of local peace campaigners existing since 1982 – and the ceremony was conducted by local Presbyterian Minister Pryderi Llwyd.

According to the website of the Peace Pledge Union, white poppies, “Symbolise the belief that there are better ways to resolve conflicts…(than) killing fellow human beings”. As such, they can be seen to present a challenge to traditional red poppy ceremonies which in turn can appear to represent an unquestioning acceptance of war. The British Legion’s website describes Remembrance Sunday as, “A day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom”.

Part of the reason feelings can run high, and why many Legion members have been resistant to allowing wider perspectives into their ceremony, is that some of those attending will have been in battle themselves and seen comrades killed. Some may well have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Others present at the ceremony may have had close relatives or friends killed. For these people, the ceremony can be part of a grief process. It’s not difficult to see how it can feel uncomfortable to have people or groups present who carry an implied questioning of the reason for soldiers to be fighting in the first place.

Probably because of these feelings, in 2004 and until very recently, any kind of agreement with the British Legion was impossible. In Aberystwyth, despite some approaches from the Peace Network over the years, the Legion simply wanted nothing to do with white poppies. Even holding a ceremony on a different day of the same weekend was controversial.

However, despite many town council seats changing hands at the 2008 and 2012 local elections, the Council stuck steadfastly to its balanced policy established in 2004 of supporting the laying of both wreaths. The only near hiccup was in 2008 when a vote in favour of continuing had to be decided on the casting vote of the Mayor, Sue Jones-Davies. When Pryderi Llwyd eventually retired, his role in leading the white poppy ceremony was taken over by Rhidian Griffiths from the same Presbyterian chapel, Capel y Morfa.

For many years the white poppy ceremony was held on the Saturday so as to avoid any clash with Remembrance Sunday. Eventually members of the Aberystwyth Peace & Justice Network decided they felt too sidelined by this and began holding a ceremony on the Sunday afternoon of Remembrance Day after the main ceremony had dispersed, adding their white wreaths to the red ones laid on the steps of the war memorial in the morning.

Then, last year, after the largest ever white poppy ceremony at the memorial, attended by around 60 people, the four wreaths laid were found stuffed in a nearby rubbish bin the following day. The ensuing press publicity left a bad taste and clearly gave the British Legion cause for thought.

In July of this year, Aberystwyth Town Council was approached informally by local Legion officers asking to talk to councillors about plans for this year’s Remembrance Day. Six councillors attended an initial meeting with the same number of Legion members in the town’s Railway Club on July 16th. This is where the offer was first made. The Legion said they wanted to give the opportunity for white poppy wreaths to be placed as part of their main ceremony. There would be no limit imposed on the number of wreaths and, importantly, they made it clear that they had consulted their hierarchy who supported the initiative.

The condition was that there should be no political statements of any kind on these wreaths, nor on any banners or badges of those attending. This was felt by the Legion to be in keeping with the purpose of the ceremony, which was meant purely in remembrance of those individuals or groups who had died in war. Messages on wreaths were supposed to reflect this.

‘Political statements’ included the word “Peace” (or “Hedd” in Welsh) on poppies. I knew this could be a sticking point. However the upshot of the meeting was that I would contact the Peace & Justice Network inviting them to meet with the British Legion if they felt there was a possibility of taking the offer forward. I then attended one of the Peace Network’s meetings to answer any questions and fill in any gaps. They very much welcomed the offer and, whilst there were clearly some uncertainties, quickly agreed to attend a meeting with the Legion.

The meeting between the two organisations was held on September 16th in the chamber of the Town Council. Four people from the two groups were present plus three town councillors, including Mayor Endaf Edwards, acting in the role as honest brokers. I was chairing and, after introductions (because, despite living in the same town, many had never met before), it was astonishing how quickly agreement was reached.

When it was pointed out that white poppies were generally only manufactured with the words Peace or Hedd the Legion quickly relented on their original stipulation about this and, after the Peace Network had consulted their constituent groups, the agreement was in place.

An additional offer, which demonstrated the Legion’s seriousness, was that the Cor Gobaith – a local choir of around 20 people that sings mainly peace or political songs – were to be invited to sing at the Remembrance Day church service if a suitable song could be agreed with the Vicar.

In order to prepare people for the change, a press statement was agreed. It began, “Aberystwyth Town Council is delighted to announce that, following discussions between officers of the Aberystwyth Branch of the Royal British Legion and representatives of Aberystwyth Peace & Justice Network, this year there will be a single Remembrance Day ceremony at the war memorial at which everyone will be welcome.”

Sean Langton, Chair of Aberystwyth Royal British Legion, was quoted as saying, “The Legion’s red poppy honours all those who have sacrificed their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy today; including the freedom to wear the poppy of one’s choice. If the poppy became compulsory it would lose its meaning and significance. The red poppy is a universal symbol of Remembrance and hope, including hope for a positive future and a peaceful world.”

Lotte Reimer of Aberystwyth & Peace Justice Network said, “This is what we have always wanted. Although the two ceremonies have had different emphases, we also have a great deal in common. As a local organisation that campaigns for peace in the world it is clear that we should work for peace at home and we are delighted to accept the Aberystwyth Royal British Legion’s approach”.

On Sunday November 8th, something approaching 600 people attended the Remembrance Day ceremony at Aberystwyth war memorial following the traditional march from the Old Town Hall. Attendance for the event, at what must be one of the more spectacular settings for a war memorial in the country, is normally good but this time it was augmented by around 50 people who attended specifically because of the white poppy element.

There was some nervousness on both sides. Some legionnaires, going on pre-held conceptions, were concerned that members of the Peace & Justice Network might try to stage some kind of attention-seeking protest. Some on the peace side were wondering if there might be audible unrest amongst the legionnaires. However, in practice, everyone behaved impeccably and those attending for the first time entered fully into the solemnity of the occasion.

Amongst the dozens of red wreaths, white poppy wreaths were laid by the Peace & Justice Network, Aberystwyth Quakers, Borth & Aberystwyth Women in Black and the Cor Gobaith, with a purple wreath being laid for animal victims of war.

People then filed onto the nearby St Michael’s Church where, halfway through the service, the Cor Gobaith, wearing a respectful black, sung a beautiful rendition of ‘A Song of Peace’ to the tune of Finlandia.

Despite natural uncertainties about bringing innovation into such a traditional occasion, the whole event went as well on the day as could possibly have been expected. The white poppy supporters laid their wreaths in the same respectful, understated way as everyone else and none of the fears about possible disruption materialised.

Whilst there’s no point in denying that there has been some grumbling about the principle from more conservative members of the British Legion, outside the organisational bubbles comments have been overwhelmingly positive, both locally and further afield, and respect for both groups has almost certainly been enhanced. Local press coverage a few days later was measured and no attempt was made to sell newspapers by creating controversy.

 

Aberystwyth Peace poppies Credit Alun Williams

Remembrance Day at Aberystwyth – respectful cooperation in evidence as Pat Richards from Borth & Aberystwyth woman in Black laying a white poppy wreath during the ceremony at Aberystwyth War Memorial. Credit: Alun Williams

Everyone will now take a pause and assimilate things. There’s a long time till next November. But, having broken the logjam, the intention of all senior figures in the organisations involved is that the historic Remembrance Day settlement in Aberystwyth should continue into the future.

Particular tributes for the success should go to the current officers of Aberystwyth British Legion who, in contrast to their predecessors, showed real leadership and went to considerable trouble to bring their members along with them. Equally, to the Aberystwyth Peace & Justice Network who, when approached, played their part enthusiastically and conscientiously. Lastly, to Mones Farah, the Minister at St Michael’s Church who gave his full support to incorporating the initiative into his church service.

Although, objectively, the laying of a few white poppy wreaths was little more than a modest addition to the traditional ceremony, everyone who has observed the lack of progress in the debate over the years knows that, symbolically, a historic leap has taken place. It now becomes much easier for others to do the same.

by Cllr Alun Williams

 


 

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Llun: Arweiniad gan Gyngor Tref Aberystwyth yn ystod gorymdaith Diwrnod y Cofio wrth i’r Maer, Endaf Edwards, a’r Dirprwy Faer, Brendan Somers, gario’r torchau pabi coch a gwyn Cyngor y Dref.

PABÏAU GWYN YN ABERYSTWYTH – YR HANES

Dechreuodd Cyngor Tref Aberystwyth osod torch pabi gwyn ger y gofgolofn ryfel ar safle Castell y dref ar benwythnos Sul y Cofio yn 2004. Daeth Mabon ap Gwynfor, ŵyr Gwynfor Evans AS cyntaf Plaid Cymru, yn gynghorydd yn yr etholiadau lleol y flwyddyn honno a gwnaeth gynnig llwyddiannus, a eiliwyd gan y Cyng. Mark Strong.

Fel y mwyafrif o Gynghorau Tref, roedd Aberystwyth wedi hen arfer â gosod torch pabi coch yn y seremoni Dydd y Cofio draddodiadol a gynhaliwyd gan y Lleng Brydeinig ac, oherwydd nad oedd y Lleng Brydeinig yn barod i ganiatáu pabi gwyn yn eu seremoni nhw, roedd y cynnig yn golygu byddai’r Cyngor yn gosod torchau o wahanol liwiau mewn dwy seremoni wahanol.

Mae’r cynllun pabi gwyn wedi derbyn cefnogaeth gref gan Rwydwaith Heddwch a Chyfiawnder Aberystwyth – cyd-drefniant o ymgyrchwyr heddwch lleol sy’n bodoli ers 1982 – ac arweiniwyd y seremoni gan y Gweinidog Presbyteraidd lleol Pryderi Llwyd.

Yn ôl gwefan y Peace Pledge Union, mae pabi gwyn yn, “Symbol o’r gred fod yna well ffyrdd o ddatrys gwrthdaro …(na) lladd cyd-ddyn”.  Fel y cyfryw, gellir eu gweld i fod yn herio seremonïau pabi coch traddodiadol ac, yn ei dro, gall ymddangos fod y rhain yn cynrychioli derbyn rhyfel yn ddi-gwestiwn.  Mae gwefan y Lleng Brydeinig yn disgrifio Sul y Cofio fel, “Diwrnod i’r genedl i gofio ac anrhydeddu’r rhai sydd wedi aberthu eu hunain, er mwyn sicrhau a diogelu ein rhyddid ni.”

Rhan o’r rheswm pam fo pobl yn teimlo mor angerddol, a pham fo llawer o aelodau’r Lleng Brydeinig wedi bod yn betrusgar wrth ganiatáu i safbwyntiau ehangach i fod yn rhan o’u seremoni nhw, yw bod rhai o’r rheiny sy’n mynychu wedi bod i ryfel ac wedi gweld cymdeithion yn cael eu lladd.  Mae’n bosib bod rhai wedi dioddef o anhwylder straen wedi trawma.  Gall fod perthnasau neu ffrindiau pobl eraill sy’n mynychu’r seremoni wedi cael eu lladd.  I’r bobl yma, gall y seremoni fod yn rhan o’r broses o alaru.  Nid yw’n anodd gweld sut y gall deimlo’n anghysurus i gael pobl neu grwpiau’n bresennol sy’n ymhlygu eu bod yn cwestiynu’r rheswm pam mae milwyr yn brwydro yn y lle cyntaf.

Oherwydd y teimladau hyn, yn ôl pob tebyg, yn 2004 a nes yn ddiweddar iawn, roedd unrhyw fath o gytundeb gyda’r Lleng Brydeinig yn amhosib.  Yn Aberystwyth, er gwaethaf rhai ymdrechion gan y Rhwydwaith Heddwch dros y blynyddoedd, doedd y Lleng Brydeinig ddim eisiau unrhyw beth i’w wneud â phabïau gwyn.  Roedd cynnal seremoni ar ddiwrnod gwahanol o’r un penwythnos yn ddadleuol hyd yn oed.

Fodd bynnag, er gwaethaf y ffaith fod llawer o aelodau’r Cyngor Tref wedi newid yn etholiadau 2008 a 2012, cadwodd y Cyngor at ei bolisi cytbwys a sefydlwyd yn 2004, o gefnogi gosod y ddwy dorch.  Yr unig achos lle bu pethau bron â mynd yn strach oedd yn 2008, pan oedd y bleidlais o blaid parhau yn dibynnu ar bleidlais fwrw’r Maer, Sue Jones-Davies.  Pan ymddeolodd Pryderi Llwyd yn y pen draw, fe wnaeth Rhidian Griffiths o’r un capel Presbyteraidd, Capel y Morfa, gymryd ei le i arwain y seremoni pabi gwyn.

Am flynyddoedd lawer, cynhaliwyd y seremoni pabi gwyn ar y Dydd Sadwrn, er mwyn osgoi unrhyw wrthdaro ar Sul y Cofio.  Yn y pen draw, penderfynodd aelodau o Rwydwaith Heddwch a Chyfiawnder Aberystwyth eu bod yn teimlo eu bod yn cael eu gwthio o’r neilltu’n ormodol, ac fe wnaethant ddechrau cynnal seremoni ar brynhawn Sul ar Sul y Cofio, wedi i’r brif seremoni wasgaru, gan ychwanegu eu torchau pabi gwyn at y rhai coch a osodwyd ar risiau’r gofgolofn ryfel yn y bore.

Yna, llynedd, yn dilyn y seremoni pabi gwyn fwyaf erioed ger y gofgolofn, lle mynychodd tua 60 o bobl, daethpwyd o hyd i’r pedair torch a osodwyd wedi eu stwffio i mewn i fin sbwriel gerllaw y dydd canlynol.  Arweiniodd y cyhoeddusrwydd yn y wasg a ddilynodd at chwerwder ac, yn amlwg, fe roddodd achos i’r Lleng Brydeinig i bwyso a mesur.

Ym mis Gorffennaf eleni, aeth swyddogion lleol y Lleng Brydeinig at Gyngor Tref Aberystwyth, yn anffurfiol, i geisio siarad â’r cynghorwyr am y trefniadau ar gyfer Dydd y Cofio eleni.  Mynychodd chwe Chynghorydd gyfarfod cychwynnol gyda’r un nifer o aelodau’r Lleng Brydeinig, yng Nghlwb Rheilffordd y dref, ar yr 16eg o Orffennaf.  Dyma le gwnaethpwyd y cynnig yn y lle cyntaf.  Dywedodd y Lleng Brydeinig eu bod eisiau rhoi cyfle i dorchau pabi gwyn i gael eu gosod, fel rhan o’u prif seremoni nhw.  Ni fyddai unrhyw gyfyngiad yn cael ei orfodi ar nifer y torchau ac, yn bwysig iawn, fe wnaethant ddatgan yn glir eu bod wedi ymgynghori â’u hierarchaeth, a oedd yn cefnogi’r cynllun.

Yr amod oedd na ddylai’r torchau, nac unrhyw faneri neu fathodynnau a wisgir gan y mynychwyr, fod yn arddangos datganiadau gwleidyddol o unrhyw fath.  Roedd y Lleng Brydeinig yn teimlo bod hyn yn cyd-fynd â phwrpas y seremoni, sef cofio am yr unigolion neu’r grwpiau hynny a fu farw mewn rhyfeloedd yn unig.  Roedd negeseuon ar dorchau i fod i adlewyrchu hyn.

Roedd ‘datganiadau gwleidyddol’ yn cynnwys “Hedd” (neu “Peace” yn Saesneg) ar babïau.  Roeddwn i’n ymwybodol y gallai hyn fod yn faen tramgwydd.  Fodd bynnag, canlyniad y cyfarfod oedd y buaswn i’n cysylltu â’r Rhwydwaith Heddwch a Chyfiawnder, i’w gwahodd nhw i gwrdd â’r Lleng Brydeinig, os oeddent yn teimlo fod yna bosibilrwydd y byddent yn fodlon derbyn y cynnig.  Yna, mynychais i un o gyfarfodydd y Rhwydwaith Heddwch, i ateb unrhyw gwestiynau ac i lenwi’r bylchau.  Roeddent yn croesawu’r cynnig a, thra’r oedd peth ansicrwydd yn amlwg, fe wnaethant gytuno’n gyflym i fynychu cyfarfod gyda’r Lleng Brydeinig.

Cynhaliwyd y cyfarfod rhwng y ddau fudiad ar yr 16eg o Fedi, yn siambr y Cyngor Tref.  Roedd pedwar aelod o’r ddau grŵp yn bresennol, yn ogystal â thri chynghorydd tref, yn cynnwys y Maer Endaf Edwards, a oedd yn ymddwyn fel cyfryngwr.  Fi oedd y cadeirydd ac, wedi’r cyflwyniadau (oherwydd, er eu bod yn byw un yr un dref, nid oedd llawer ohonynt wedi cwrdd o’r blaen), roedd yn syndod mor gyflym y daethpwyd i gytundeb.

Pan dynnwyd sylw at y ffaith fod pabïau gwyn, yn gyffredinol, yn cael eu cynhyrchu gyda’r geiriau “Peace” neu “Hedd” arnynt, fe wnaeth y Lleng Brydeinig ildio eu hamod gwreiddiol yn gyflym iawn ac, wedi i’r Rhwydwaith Heddwch ymgynghori â’u grwpiau cyfansoddol, roedd y cytundeb yn ei le.

Cynnig arall, a oedd yn dangos difrifoldeb y Lleng Brydeinig, oedd y byddai Côr Gobaith – côr lleol o tua 20 o bobl, sy’n canu caneuon heddwch neu wleidyddol yn bennaf – yn cael eu gwahodd i ganu yng ngwasanaeth eglwys Dydd y Cofio, os oedd modd cytuno ar gân addas gyda’r Ficer.

Er mwyn paratoi pobl ar gyfer y newid, cytunwyd gwneud datganiad i’r wasg.  Roedd yn cychwyn: “Mae’n bleser gan Gyngor Tref Aberystwyth gyhoeddi, yn dilyn trafodaethau rhwng swyddogion Cangen Aberystwyth o’r Lleng Brydeinig Frenhinol a chynrychiolwyr o Rwydwaith Heddwch a Chyfiawnder Aberystwyth, mai un seremoni Dydd y Cofio fydd eleni, ger y gofgolofn ryfel, ac fe fydd croeso i bawb.”

Dyfynnwyd geiriau Sean Langton, Cadeirydd Lleng Brydeinig Frenhinol Aberystwyth, “Mae pabi coch y Lleng Brydeinig yn anrhydeddu pawb sydd wedi aberthu eu bywydau i ddiogelu’r rhyddid rydym ni’n ei fwynhau heddiw; yn cynnwys y rhyddid i wisgo pabi o’ch dewis chi.  Pe byddai’r pabi’n dod yn orfodol, fe fyddai’n colli ei ystyr a’i arwyddocâd.  Mae’r pabi coch yn symbol cyffredinol o’r Cofio a’r gobaith, yn cynnwys y gobaith am ddyfodol cadarnhaol a byd heddychlon.”

Dywedodd Lotte Reimer o Rwydwaith Heddwch a Chyfiawnder Aberystwyth, “Dyma beth rydyn ni wedi bod eisiau erioed.  Er bod pwyslais gwahanol wedi bod ar y ddwy seremoni, mae gyda ni lawer yn gyffredin hefyd.  Fel mudiad lleol sy’n ymgyrchu dros heddwch yn y byd, mae’n amlwg y dylen ni weithio i gael heddwch gartref ac rydym ni wrth ein boddau o gael derbyn cynnig Lleng Brydeinig Frenhinol Aberystwyth”.

Ar ddydd Sul yr 8fed o Dachwedd, mynychodd bron i 600 o bobl seremoni Sul y Cofio ger y gofgolofn ryfel yn Aberystwyth, yn dilyn yr orymdaith draddodiadol o Hen Neuadd y Dref.  Mae tyrfa lu yn arfer mynychu’r digwyddiad hwn, yn un o leoliadau mwyaf ysblennydd y wlad ar gyfer cofgolofn ryfel, ond y tro hwn roedd ryw 50 o bobl ychwanegol yn bresennol, yn arbennig oherwydd elfen y pabi gwyn.

Roedd yna beth nerfusrwydd ar y ddwy ochr.  Roedd rhai llengfilwyr, a oedd yn cadw at ragdybiaethau, yn poeni byddai aelodau o’r Rhwydwaith Heddwch a Chyfiawnder yn ceisio llwyfannu rhyw fath o brotest ceisio sylw.  Roedd rhai yn y garfan heddwch yn poeni byddai aflonyddwch i’w glywed ymhlith y llengfilwyr.  Fodd bynnag, mewn gwirionedd, fe wnaeth pawb ymddwyn yn   berffaith ac fe wnaeth y rheiny a oedd yn mynychu am y tro cyntaf ymuno’n llwyr yn nifrifoldeb yr achlysur.

Ymhlith y dwsinau o dorchau coch, gosodwyd torchau pabi gwyn gan y Rhwydwaith Heddwch a Chyfiawnder, Crynwyr Aberystwyth, Menywod mewn Du Borth ac Aberystwyth a Chôr Gobaith, gyda thorch borffor yn cael ei gosod er cof am yr anifeiliaid a fu farw mewn rhyfeloedd.

Yna, yn un llinell, fe aeth y dyrfa i mewn i Eglwys Sant Michael gerllaw a, hanner ffordd drwy’r gwasanaeth, fe wnaeth Côr Gobaith, a oedd yn gwisgo du er parch, ganu trefniant prydferth o ‘A Song of Peace’ i alaw Finlandia.

Er gwaethaf yr ansicrwydd naturiol ynglŷn â dod ag arloesedd yn rhan o achlysur mor draddodiadol, aeth y digwyddiad cyfan cystal ar y dydd ag y gellir fod wedi disgwyl.  Gosododd cefnogwyr y pabi gwyn eu torchau yn yr un ffordd barchus a chynnil ag y gwnaeth pawb arall ac ni sylweddolwyd unrhyw ofnau am amhariad posib.

Tra nad oes unrhyw bwrpas gwadu y cafwyd peth achwyn am yr egwyddor gan rai o aelodau mwyaf ceidwadol y Lleng Brydeinig, y tu allan i’r swigod sefydliadol yma mae’r sylwadau wedi bod yn hynod o gadarnhaol, yn lleol ac ymhellach i ffwrdd, ac yn sicr mae parch i’r ddau grŵp wedi cynyddu.  Roedd y sylw a gafwyd yn y wasg leol, ychydig ddyddiau’n ddiweddarach, yn gymedrol ac ni wnaethpwyd unrhyw ymdrech i werthu papurau newydd trwy greu dadlau.

Dylid talu teyrnged arbennig am lwyddiant yr achlysur i swyddogion presennol Lleng Brydeinig Aberystwyth sydd, mewn cyferbyniad i’w rhagflaenwyr, wedi dangos gwir arweinyddiaeth ac fe aethant i gryn drafferth i gael cefnogaeth yr aelodau eraill.  Yn yr un modd, rhaid talu teyrnged i Rwydwaith Heddwch a Chyfiawnder Aberystwyth, oherwydd pan ofynnwyd iddynt, fe wnaethant chwarae eu rhan mewn ffordd frwdfrydig a chydwybodol. Yn olaf, hoffwn dalu teyrnged i Mones Farah, sy’n gweinidogaethu ar Eglwys Sant Michael, a roddodd ei lwyr gefnogaeth i gynnwys y cynllun yn ei wasanaeth eglwys.

Aberystwyth Peace poppies Credit Alun WilliamsEr, yn wrthrychol, bod gosod nifer o dorchau pabi gwyn yn ychydig mwy nag ychwanegiad gweddol fach at y seremoni draddodiadol, mae pawb sydd wedi arsylwi’r diffyg cynnydd yn y ddadl dros y blynyddoedd yn ymwybodol, yn symbolaidd, bod cam hanesyddol wedi cael ei gymryd.  Mae nawr yn llawer haws i bobl eraill i wneud yr un fath.

Fe fydd pawb nawr yn cymryd saib i ymaddasu.  Mae amser hir nes mis Tachwedd nesaf.  Ond, wedi goresgyn y rhwystr, bwriad uwch swyddogion y sefydliadau dan sylw yw parhau gyda threfniant hanesyddol Dydd y Cofio yn Aberystwyth yn y dyfodol.

Diwrnod y Cofio yn Aberystwyth – cydweithrediad parchus yn amlwg wrth i Pat Richards o Menywod mewn Du Borth & Aberystwyth osod torch pabi gwyn yn ystod y seremoni ger y Gofeb Rhyfel yn Aberystwyth.
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