Thank you to our Armed ForcesPublished Monday, 25 June 2018
A local celebration to show appreciation for the work of the Armed Forces was held at Wyre’s Civic Centre today, and featured a visit from local schools, councillors and organisations.
It was held to mark Armed Forces Day, which officially takes place this year on 30 June. Armed Forces Day is an annual national campaign that gives everyone the opportunity to show their support for the men and women of the Armed Forces past and present, including currently serving troops, service families, reservists, veterans and cadets.
Similar events have been taking place across the UK, enabling people to come out and show their support, and give a much-valued morale boost to Armed Forces personnel and their families.
Today as part of the flag raising ceremony, Thomas Bowring, Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire presented the Armed Forces flag to the Mayor of Wyre, Councillor Marge Anderton on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant.
During the event, Councillor Anderton commented: “We gather today to celebrate both the serving members and the veterans of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces from Wyre at the start of Armed Forces Week. We acknowledge that in raising the flag today it will represent the service and sacrifice of both men and women of Wyre, over the past 100 years in wars and conflicts around the world. And to their families we acknowledge their loss and grief for their loved ones over these years.
“In this year we especially acknowledge the many hundreds of Wyre men who laid down their lives in World War I to give freedom and security to the people of Wyre.”
The UK Armed Forces defend the country and its interests. Every day of the year they are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers and providing security and fighting terrorism.
Further information on Armed Forces Day, including a full list of events, can be found on the dedicated website www.armedforcesday.org.uk