The Armed Forces flag is now flying proudly above County Hall, as Worcestershire marked the beginning of this year’s Armed Forces Week.
Councillor Rob Adams, Chair of Worcestershire’s Armed Forces Covenant Partnership, Councillor Peter Tomlinson, Chairman of Worcestershire County Council and Brigadier Roger Brunt, Deputy Lieutenant attended a closed, social distancing tribute at County Hall to see the flag raised.
Councillor Rob Adams, Chair of Worcestershire Armed Forces Covenant Partnership said:
"Coronavirus may have stopped us marking Armed Forces Week in style through planned events that were due to take place across the county this year.
Therefore, it’s imperative that we raise the Armed Forces flag as a symbol and fitting tribute for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community; our serving troops and their families, reservists, veterans and cadet forces.
As well as continuing with their defence tasks at home and across the globe some 20,000 members of the Armed Forces are playing a vital part in the national effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic working alongside the NHS in strategic and frontline roles. It is important, more than ever this year, that we acknowledge the outstanding contribution the Armed Forces make to our nation.”
Across the country, local authorities, town and parish councils traditionally raise the Armed Forces Day flag to mark the beginning of Armed Forces Week, leading up to Armed Forces Day which would have been Saturday 29 June.
Although events have been cancelled there are still plenty of ways to show support.
#SaluteOurForces is a social media campaign where businesses and the public can post and dedicate their salutes online.
There are some great resources and activities to be found on the Armed Forces Day website including how each branch of the Armed Forces salutes.
To find out more please visit the Armed Forces Day website.