Uttlesford shows its support for the Armed Forces

Uttlesford District Council has raised its Armed Forces flag to show its support ahead of national Armed Forces Day, which is on 27 June.

The flag will be in place at the council offices for the duration of this week.

In an official, socially distanced ceremony held this morning (22 June), the Chair of the council Cllr Martin Foley, was joined by Vice-Chair Cllr Arthur Coote, the Chief Executive Dawn French, and Lt Col Mick Garcia and RSM Warrant Officer Paul Jenner, from Carver Barracks.

Cllr Foley read out a short speech before Lt Col Garcia raised the flag.

Residents can view the flag-raising ceremony on the council's Facebook page.

In his address, Cllr Foley said: "We have always raised the flag in support of our Armed Forces, but this year is poignant as we are unable to invite the wider community to take part in this important event. 

"We all acknowledge the significance of showing our support which provides a much-valued morale boost for the troops and their families and not forgetting those with family and friends currently in active service. It also gives us an opportunity publicly to express our appreciation and gratitude to those who lay their lives on the line on a daily basis in our interests.

"We often take our peace and security for granted, but the fact that we have it is due very largely to the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who are our ultimate protectors. Too often their bravery and dedication is not fully appreciated. Armed Forces Day brings what they do to the forefront and reminds us of the vital contribution they are making."

Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to celebrate the work of the Armed Forces and to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community - from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.

The initiative is in its 12th year but this is the first year where it will be marked virtually. The week leading up to 27 June will be used to highlight different elements of the UK military.

Visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk to find out more.

22 June 2020