Council chairman praises ‘heroic’ Armed Forces
Release date: 20 June 2017
Photo shows Cllr Beale hosting the ceremony at Moreton Area Centre
Cotswold District Council commemorated Armed Forces Day on Monday 19 June by hosting flag raising ceremonies at both its Cirencester headquarters and its Moreton Area Centre office.
The ceremonies were attended by representatives of the British Legion and other veterans, South Cerney-based 29 Regt, Royal Logistic Corps, military cadets from the Deer Park School, Cirencester, pupils from Dormer House School, Moreton, the public, and members and staff of the Council.
Chairman of the Council, Cllr Julian Beale, did the honours at both ceremonies and said:
"I was proud to lead the celebrations at both venues, welcoming past and present members of the Armed Forces to commemorate this special day. I was also very pleased to see so many attendees from local schools, the public and the Council, which I believe shows an increasing awareness about the heroic role of the armed forces in helping to safeguard the wellbeing of our communities and making the world a safer place.
“Most recently, they were deployed in neighbourhoods across Britain when the security alert was increased to critical level following the cowardly terrorist attacks in Manchester and London. As you can imagine, their work is extremely dangerous at times and can result in serious injury or fatalities.”
Armed Forces Day was first launched in June 2009 to show support for the work of serving troops and cadets, as well as service families and veterans. This year, the national celebration will take place in Liverpool on Saturday 24 June. There will be a spectacular programme of activities for military personnel and their families, veterans and visitors. Highlights will include: a parade of around 1,000 serving personnel, veterans, cadets and marching bands; fly pasts by the Red Arrows; tours of naval vessels; live fire demonstrations; unarmed combat; and a wide range of music and street entertainment. Many events are also being planned right across the UK to show support for our Armed Forces.
For more information on Armed Forces Day, please visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk