A newly-raised flag at Hemel Hempstead’s Civic Centre will have Armed Forces supporters saluting throughout the week.
A ceremony to mark the lead-up to national Armed Forces Day, which takes place on Saturday, June 29, was held this morning.
The event, the fifth of its kind at the Dacorum Borough Council headquarters, was attended by Mayor of Dacorum Penny Hearn as well as Tring Mayor Roxanne Ransley and council chief executive Daniel Zammit.
Councillor Hearn said: “We are here to celebrate our Armed Forces, a volunteer and professional, highly-trained fighting force that we are justly proud of.
“We remember all those servicemen and women serving our country, doing their duty in far-off places or at home, in war situations and in peace. We salute you all and raise the flag in your honour.”
Representatives of the Hemel Hempstead branch of the Royal British Legion were also present. President of the town’s club in Queensway Bernard Kelly said: “It is very important that it is brought to the attention of the general public just what our Armed Forces do, and what they go through. It is nice that we can spend this week with the flag flying, anybody passing by will see it and should ask questions.”
President of the Hemel Hempstead branch Major Bob Fisher added: “We owe a lot to our Armed Forces and this just highlights what they do on our behalf. It is down to us to give them all the support and respect we can.”
> The Abbots Langley Branch of the Royal British Legion is also hosting a Forces lunch in line with the national initiative on Thursday at the Manor House Sports and Social Centre in Gallows Hill Lane, Abbots Langley.