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Armed Forces Day celebrations move online this year

Laura Kearns 23rd Jun, 2020 Updated: 23rd Jun, 2020

ARMED Forces Day celebrations are moving online this year.

Warwickshire County Council says it is still celebrating the day, this year on Saturday (June 27), but due to the pandemic events will be held digitally.

They will recognise the work done by those serving and who have served while also supporting the Armed Forces Community Covenant for Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull.

While flags have been hoisted there has not been the traditional ceremonies due to the current pandemic.

Chair of the sub regional armed forces community covenant partnership coun Bob Stevens said: “The flag raising ceremony is a special occasion to honour the sacrifice made by our armed forces past and present, and their tireless work to keep us safe. This year, given the current pandemic restrictions we couldn’t be present during the ceremony, but it does not stop us honouring and supporting Armed Forces Week.

“We are continuing to work hard with our partners in the Armed Forces Community Covenant for Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull to provide services and assistance to armed forces personnel and their families.

“To celebrate Armed Forces Week, a range of events are taking place, digitally this year due to covid 19 restrictions, and we hope as many people as possible participate and enjoy the online events.”

And Warwickshire Lord Lieutenant Tim Cox recognised how hard local forces had been working throughout the pandemic.

He said: “This year’s Armed Forces celebrations are different, and I am happy that we can honour our serving troops, service families, reservists, veterans and cadets through digital media.

“Throughout the pandemic our military services have been active in supporting our shielding hubs, setting up and running mobile testing units and much more. Now, more than ever, I feel that we must be grateful to our armed forces and I am inviting everyone to join us in thanking them for everything that they have done.”

Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/armedforcesnews to find out more about events taking place.

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