Flying the flag for Armed Forces Day - The Solihull Observer

Flying the flag for Armed Forces Day

Solihull Editorial 22nd Jun, 2023   0

THE ARMED Forces Day flag was raised in honour veterans and serving military personnel at the at the war memorial in Shirley Park.

The flag raising ceremony was held on Monday (June 19) to commemorate those who fight or have fought for their country to show support and appreciation.

This event saw visitors and dignitaries watch Solihull Mayor, Councillor Diana Holl-Allen, raise the Armed Forces Flag ahead of a one minute’s silence.

The Mayor said: “It was a true privilege to be invited to Monday’s event at the Shirley Branch of the Royal British Legion, to commemorate Armed Forces Day and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country, in addition to showing support to our troops, currently serving at home and across the world.”

Those attending, included Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Brendan Connor, Shirley Royal British Legion and pupils from Kingswood School.

The service was conducted by the Rev Geoff Lanham.

Ken Rusell, Shirley Royal British Legion chairman, said “The Royal British Legion feels honoured to have this opportunity show our support for our gallant forces personnel who put their lives on the line for their country.

“This is a small token of our appreciation.”

Armed Forces Day raises awareness of the contribution made by the country’s servicemen and women, who serve the country in the Navy, Army and Air Force and show support for the men and women in the Armed Forces Community.

Observer photographer Marcus Mingins was on hand to capture these images from the service.

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