Flag raising to honour armed forces

FLAGS were raised in Comet country this morning (Monday) to honour Britain’s armed forces.

Ceremonies began the countdown to Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

North Herts District Council chairman Michael Weeks attended flag raising events in Letchworth GC, Baldock and Royston while vice chairman Joan Kirby was at a Hitchin ceremony.

Cllr Weeks, who served in the RAF for nine years, said: “It’s extremely important that we honour the work and the sacrifices of all our armed forces. That includes those currently serving and their families, as well as veterans from previous generations.

“We are extremely proud to be able to work with the Royal British Legion to help raise awareness of this year’s Armed Forces Day on Saturday.”

The ceremony was repeated nationwide and the flags will be flown until the end of Armed Forces Day which was formerly known as Veterans Day.

The new title has been chosen to reflect the wider armed forces family of serving personnel veterans and the cadet forces.

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For more information on Armed Forces Day, visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk