FIRST MINISTER Rhodri Morgan admitted yesterday that he was wrong not to attend the 60th anniversary commemoration of D-Day.
Yesterday he said that he had made, "a judgment call" and admitted, "I got it wrong and there are no two ways about that."
Mr Morgan went to a meeting to discuss the 2010 Ryder Cup to be held in Newport and sent Social Justice Minister Edwina Hart to Normandy in June in his place.
At the time he told Assembly Members, "I wish to take this opportunity to apologise to those veterans who feel snubbed or slighted by my not attending at Arromanches. That snub or slight was utterly unintentional."
He said then that Edwina Hart had been chosen in his place because of her family history. "The decision that Edwina Hart should attend and not me was made out of respect, and not disrespect. Edwina's father served through the Second World War and her mother was a member of the Wrens."
Mr Morgan said yesterday, "I thought it would be an event for veterans, very much like the Arnhem commemoration where there were not a lot of politicians.
"Obviously I would have gone had I realised. I just hope that people have some belief now that I wasn't choosing to dishonour the dead or the wounded. I would never have done that."