Council prepares for Armed Forces Day – Monday 19 June.
Release date: 7 June 2017
Photo shows last year’s Armed Forces Day celebrations in Cirencester
Cotswold District Council will be celebrating this year’s Armed Forces Day in the north and south of the district on Monday 19 June.
There will be a special flag raising ceremony at the Council’s Trinity Road, Cirencester headquarters at 10 am which will be followed by a similar event at the Moreton Area Centre at 12 noon. At both venues the public will be given the opportunity to show their support for the work of the Army, Navy and RAF. Council Chairman Cllr Julian Beale will make a short speech and then raise the flag at both venues. Each ceremony will be attended by local representatives of the armed forces, local schools, and senior officials from the Council.
Since its introduction in 2009, Armed Forces Day has gathered ground. This is the fourth year running that the Council has staged a ceremony at Moreton as well as Cirencester. Both ceremonies went very well last year with a good number of people turning up at both venues to pay their respects to past and present service personnel who have helped to make this country safe and prosperous.
Armed Forces Day was first launched in June 2009 to show support for the work of serving troops and cadets, as well as service families and veterans. This year, the national celebration will take place in Liverpool on Saturday 24 June. There will be a spectacular programme of activities for military personnel and their families, veterans and visitors. Highlights will include: a parade of around 1,000 serving personnel, veterans, cadets and marching bands; fly pasts by the Red Arrows; tours of naval vessels; live fire demonstrations; unarmed combat; and a wide range of music and street entertainment. Many events are also being planned right across the UK to show support for our Armed Forces.
For more information on Armed Forces Day, please visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk