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Flying the flag for our troops

Members of RAF Halton attended the Armed Forces Day flag ceremony at Hemel Hempstead's Civic Centre

Members of RAF Halton attended the Armed Forces Day flag ceremony at Hemel Hempstead's Civic Centre

The area’s local authorities have shown their support for servicemen and women from around the country by flying Armed Forces flags all week.

Dacorum Borough and Herts County Councils raised the specially-designed flags on Monday to mark Armed Forces Day, which takes place on Saturday.

Mayor of Dacorum Allan Lawson, who was present at the cermony outside the Hemel Hempstead Civic Centre, said: “We raised a special flag to show our support for those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, and for their families and communities. We were honoured to be joined by members of the Royal British Legion and RAF Halton as we recognise the tremendous contribution that our Armed Forces make in defending our country.”

Wing Commander Peter Whiting representing RAF Halton, MP for Hemel Hempstead Mike Penning, the Royal British Legion and other armed forces, civic dignitaries and council staff also attended.

The special salute to the men and women of the Armed Forces is being mirrored across the country for the sixth annual national initiative.

At County Hall in Hertford, all councillors and staff were invited to watch the flag being raised.

Teresa Heritage, chairman of Herts’ Armed Forces Community Covenant, said: “This is the ideal opportunity for us to show our support for all of our armed forces – serving or retired, regular or reserve. And let’s not forget all our staff and other volunteers who give up their time to train and support cadet forces throughout the county.”

Visit armedforcesday.org.uk for more information.

 

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