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Flag raising starts build up to Armed Forces Day

Date Published: 21 June 2022
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The week-long build up to this year’s annual Armed Forces Day has been marked with a special flag raising event at Oakham Castle.

National Armed Forces Day takes place each year on the last Saturday in June. Armed Forces Day celebrations begin a week in advance when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country.

Rutland’s event was attended by Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Sarah Furness and High Sheriff of Rutland Geoff Thompson, together with representatives from Rutland County Council, Oakham Town Council, Uppingham Town Council, the Royal British Legion and the RAF Association. The flag itself was raised by a party from 7 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps (RLC), stationed at Kendrew Barracks.

Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Sarah Furness said: 

“Rutland is exceptionally proud to be a military county with Armed Forces connections that date back more than 50 years. This week is about acknowledging the huge role our military has played and continues to play. We want to thank and celebrate our military, so they know that they are an integral part of the Rutland community. In addition to Rutland’s flag raising, we have a ‘Party in the Park’ planned at Cutts Close in Oakham on Sunday 10 July to show our appreciation and bring people together. I would also like us to remember the very long history of service and sacrifice by our Armed Forces, which is why we enjoy the lives of peace and security we lead today.”

Rutland County Council has recently appointed Cllr Paul Ainsley as its new Armed Forces Champion. Cllr Ainsley attended the flag raising ceremony and said: 

“I’m extremely proud to be the Council’s new Armed Forces Champion. Rutland has a long-standing connection with the Armed Forces, who make up such a large part of our community. We have a duty to support not just the serving personnel and veterans, but also their families, and I'm especially keen to ensure our support and understanding of our Armed Forces community extends to all. Armed Forces Day is a wonderful way to shine a light on the Armed Forces community and ensure we pause to show our respect and gratitude for all they do.” 

The Council also has a new Armed Forces Officer, Ian Reynolds, who coordinates local support for Armed Forces families and Veterans in Rutland. Ian said: 

“I consider it to be a great privilege to be taking up the position of Armed Forces Officer for Rutland County Council and to be supporting the implementation of the Armed Forces Covenant across our County. After more than 30 years military service, I’m looking forward to celebrating Armed Forces Day and connecting with everyone across our diverse Armed Forces community.”  

The Armed Forces community makes up more than 15% of Rutland’s total population, with Reservists accounting for around a sixth of this. Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces and are ready to support the military when needed. As part of Armed Forces Week, Reservists Day will take place on Wednesday 22 June, recognising their contribution to the Armed Forces. 

For more information, please visit the National Armed Forces Day website.

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