THE ARMED Forces Day flag has been raised by the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Ken Meeson, at the War Memorial in Shirley Park.
The flag raising ceremony was held on June 20 to commemorate those who fight or have fought for their country to show support and appreciation.
This event saw visitors and dignitaries watch the Branch chairman of Shirley Royal British Legion (RBL) invite the Mayor to raise the flag followed by a one minute’s silence and a blessing from the Chaplain.
The Mayor then said a few words supporting Armed Forces Day and mentioned the conflict in Ukraine.
Those attending, included Shirley RBL, pupils from Kingswood School, local police, the deputy leader of Solihull Council – Councillor Karen Grinsell and Rabbi Pink.
The Mayor of Solihull said: “Young people won’t remember the war, yet veterans here today served us, and many have given their lives for our freedom.
“War is a devastating thing. As with the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, many members of our Armed forces have risked their lives to protect others.
“Saturday is an opportunity to show our respect, appreciation and honour for those men and women serving in the Armed Forces, dedicated to keeping us safe today.”
Armed Forces Day, June 25, celebrates and honours those who gave their lives for their country and those who serve today.
Find out more about Armed Forces Day here.