While Armed Forced Day officially takes place on Saturday, June 30th, in line with other local authorities and as requested by the Ministry of Defence, Herefordshire Council will raise a special flag over the Shirehall on June 25 to mark the lead up to the day itself.
Civic dignitaries from around the county have been invited to observe the raising of the flag. These include The Countess of Darnley JP, HM Lord-Lieutenant for Herefordshire, Lieutenant Colonel C J G Thwaites MBE, High Sheriff for Herefordshire, Councillor Olwyn Barnett, chairman of Herefordshire Council, mayors from across Herefordshire, and representatives from the Navy, Army and Air Force.
“In Herefordshire we have very close links to the armed forces and we are proud and delighted to show our support for them. Earlier this year Herefordshire Council formally adopted the Rifles as the County Regiment in recognition of its dedicated and loyal service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Additionally the council, along with a range of partners, formally pledged support for the armed services, veterans and their families by signing up to the Herefordshire Armed Forces Community Covenant,” said Councillor Barnett.
She continued: “The flag raising ceremony provides an opportunity to collectively show our support for the men and women who make up the armed forces community and I very much hope that people in Herefordshire will, once again, be able to join us outside the Shirehall this year.”
Armed Forces Day provides the nation with a dedicated day when people can come together to show their appreciation and support of the armed forces.
For more information on the celebrations taking place and how you can take part, visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk.