Council ceremonies celebrate Armed Forces
Release date: 25 June 2018
Photo shows the ceremony at Cirencester
Cotswold District Council hosted two flag raising ceremonies today (at Cirencester and Moreton-in-Marsh) to commemorate Armed Forces Day.
The ceremonies - held at CDC’s Trinity Road headquarters and its Moreton Area Centre - were attended by representatives of the British Legion, South Cerney-based 29 Regt, Royal Logistic Corps, the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Squadron (Royal Wessex Yeomanry), military cadets from the Deer Park School, Cirencester, pupils from Dormer House School, Moreton, the public, and members and staff from the Council.
CDC Chairman Cllr Julian Beale presided at both ceremonies and commented:
"It was a privilege to lead the celebrations at both venues today and I was very pleased to see so many past and present representatives of the Armed Forces, students from local schools, and the public. This day is a time to pause and reflect on the magnificent contribution of members of our armed forces who strive to make our communities secure and also help maintain peace in many parts of the world.
“This year is particularly poignant because many people at home and abroad will soon be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. In the Cotswolds a number of commemorative events are planned, culminating in a weekend of celebration and remembrance in Cirencester on Armistice Day.
Armed Forces Day 2018 – Main Event
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 free national celebration will take place in Gillingham on Saturday 30 June where there will be 20 acres of displays and ‘have-a-go’ activities for all ages. Highlights will include: Royal Engineer trades village; army medical services; infantry displays, Royal Military Police; kiddies obstacle course; Naval Forces display area; helicopters fly-in; military parade; bandstand concerts; military wives choir; military heritage displays; and a giant funfair.
For more information on this year’s Armed Forces Day, please visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk
Royal Gloucestershire Hussars
C (The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars) Squadron, Royal Wessex Yeomanry is an Army Reserve unit located in Cirencester. It forms part of a combat regiment within the Royal Armoured Corps.
When not working in their civilian jobs, the Squadron’s soldiers and officers train on and operate the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank. The Royal Wessex Yeomanry is the only Reservist unit to offer this unique and challenging role.
Anyone interested in joining the Squadron should contact the recruiting officer, Staff Sergeant Paul Mowbray on 01285 868363 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information can also be found at www.facebook.com/ArmouredReserve.