A special flag to mark the build up to Armed Forces Day has been raised by Lancashire County Council today (Monday 22 June).
Armed Forces Day is a national event which takes place on Saturday 27 June and the flag raising marks the start of a week of activities leading up to the national celebration.
The flag shows the council’s support and appreciation for the contribution made by our servicemen and women past and present, and for the wider Armed Forces community of families, veterans and cadets.
The flag is usually raised by the Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire at a special ceremony. However, there is no event taking place this year due to the Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown restrictions.
HM Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, The Lord Shuttleworth KG KCVO, said: “The Armed Forces Day flag is a great way to show how we are all grateful for the people who serve their country, what they have done for us and the contribution they make to our county.
“This is particularly important at this time as we acknowledge the vital role the forces are playing during the Coronavirus outbreak supporting with testing and other vital tasks.
“Although our ceremony and others have been affected by lockdown, many Armed Forces Day flags will be flying in districts across Lancashire this week.”
County Councillor Alf Clempson, champion for armed forces and veterans, added: “I’m pleased we are once again supporting Armed Forces Week.
“As well as flying the flag, we’re encouraging our employees to take part in activities, virtual events and tune in to the Armed Forces Day podcast to mark the celebration.
“Although most of the events for this year are now virtual, I’d encourage people to visit the national Armed Forces Day website to find out more.”
This year, national Armed Forces Week will highlight a different part of the military each day, from cadets and reservists, to veterans and kit.
Many events will be virtual because of the Covid-19 restrictions that are in place.
For more information, visit: www.armedforcesday.org.uk