Rushcliffe Borough Council has joined organisations across the country to raise a flag to commemorate Armed Forces Week.
Councillors and local dignitaries gathered at Rushcliffe Arena yesterday (June 20) to watch the ceremonial flag raising which this year also commemorated the 40-year anniversary of the liberation of the Falkland Islands.
Mayor of Rushcliffe Cllr Tina Combellack was joined by fellow members of the Council, members of local Armed Forces organisations including those from Colston Bassett, Owthorpe and Cotgrave and Granby, Barnstone and District Royal British Legions and Council staff.
Armed Forces Week is an opportunity for everyone to show their support for those defending the UK and its interests as part of the Armed Forces community, which includes current service people, veterans, cadets, and their families.
Celebrations also include Armed Forces Day which takes place this Saturday (June 25) and on the final Saturday in June each year, to help boost morale for service members and as a chance for communities to show their recognition.
In Rushcliffe it is again further marked by Saturday’s Proms in the Park event from 12.30pm to 9pm at Bridgford Park in West Bridgford, visit www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/promsinthepark for more information.
Madam Mayor said: “I was delighted to raise the flag to officially commence a week of celebration in honour of our Armed Forces.
“Our Armed Forces and Veterans rightly deserve the nation’s support and recognition. They, and their families, have made and continue to make huge personal sacrifices to ensure the interests of our country are defended and this day is our chance to say thank you.
“During this week what our veterans have already achieved, what our current personnel continue to achieve and the opportunities the Armed Forces offer future generations, will be celebrated.”