The Armed Forces flag is now flying proudly above County Hall, as Worcestershire marks this year’s Armed Forces Week.
Attending the tribute on Monday 20th June at County Hall to see the flag raised were:
The Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Brigadier Roger Brunt
Paul Robinson, Chief Executive of Worcestershire County Council
Councillor Chris Rogers, Chairman of Worcestershire County Council
Councillor Richard Morris, Chair of Worcestershire’s Armed Forces Covenant Partnership
Every year, the County Council join in with this tradition by raising the armed forces Flag outside County Hall to publicly honour and recognise all the men and women from across the county, who are a part of the Armed Forces community, as well as those from the UK and around the world.
This year, a brief ceremony after the flag raising was held outside the Council Chamber near the remembrance memorial.
Short speeches were given at the ceremony by The Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire and current chairman, Councillor Chris Rogers.
As part of his speech, Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Brigadier Roger Brunt said,
“Armed Forces Week gives us the opportunity to show our support to those serving in the Armed Forces and it is with deep gratitude that I acknowledge and applaud all they do on our behalf. Service personnel from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force are constantly being deployed, protecting the national interest on our behalf and we can help them in their important task by expressing our support not just for them but for their families.
In the past 12 months we’ve seen deployment to Afghanistan, training support for the Armed Forces and people of Ukraine and as a consequence, playing their part in strengthening the resolve of our NATO partners. With uncertainty in the Far East, particularly on the Korean peninsula, and the South China Sea, we must continue to be grateful to the deterrent offered by our well-trained Armed Forces. It’s with great pride that I note their immense contribution to our security and wellbeing.”
Councillor Richard Morris, Chair of Worcestershire Armed Forces Covenant Partnership added,
“Every year it is our honour to celebrate the outstanding contribution of our Armed Forces. It gives us great pride raising the Armed Forces flag as a symbol of our thanks for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, our serving troops and their families, reservists, veterans, and cadet forces.
“This year takes on a special significance as we reflect on the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War, a war that many of us remember and that we as a Council recently acknowledged at length with a unanimous motion at our last full meeting. Our Armed Forces play a crucial role in many different roles each and every day and it is important that we take a moment to reflect on this and pay our respects to the many roles and sacrifices they undertake whether it be supporting the NHS, the Commonwealth Games or the terrific support to Ukraine.
There are still plenty of ways to show support throughout Armed Forces Week (20-25th June).
#SaluteOurForces is a social media campaign where businesses and the public can post and dedicate their salutes online.
To find out more please visit the Armed Forces Day website.