The Armed Forces Day Flag was raised at Oakham Castle on Monday to honour the armed forces community and start the build up to this year’s national Armed Forces Day.
The short flag raising ceremony signalled the start of Armed Forces Week 2017, with events taking place around the country all week ahead of Armed Force Day on 24th June.
Armed Forces Day has been celebrated across the UK since 2006 and commemorates all the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.
Rutland’s Armed Forces Day flag was raised by a party from 7th Regiment the Royal Logistic Corps, who are currently based at Kendrew Barracks, Cottesmore.
“Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for us to say a very public thank-you to those who make up the Armed Forces Community – from serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. Rutland is fortunate to have more than 1,000 servicemen and women based here in the county and we are extremely grateful for all they do – not just in defence of our country but also for what they contribute to our local communities.” Councillor Richard Foster, Armed Forces Champion
The ceremony began shortly after 10am with addresses from Council Chairman Kenneth Bool and Armed Forces Champion Richard Foster, followed by prayers lead by The Reverend Brian Nicholls, Chaplain to the Royal British Legion.
Armed Forces Day this year will be on Saturday 24th June, with nearby events in Leicester, Peterborough and Market Harborough. For more information about these celebrations, please visit the Armed Forces Day website.
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