The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Allah Ditta, was joined by military personnel and councillors yesterday to observe the raising of the Armed Forces Day Flag over the Guildhall.
Armed Forces Day takes place on Saturday 29 June, but commemorations begin on Monday 24 June when the Armed Forces Day flag was raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the UK.
“Armed Forces Day is particularly poignant this month, as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings,” says Cllr Allah Ditta, Mayor of Worcester.
“We are raising the flag over the Guildhall as a sign of thanks and appreciation to all those who put themselves in the front line in order to protect our freedom and way of life. We are also showing solidarity for their loved ones and families.”
The format for the event was as follows:
Short speech by Mayor
Exhortation – read by David Waldron RBL
Prayer read by Worcestershire Royal British Legion Chaplain
Prayer read by Imam
Raising of the Armed Forces Flag
The event was attended by representatives from the 214 (Worcestershire) Battery; the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment; City of Worcester Squadron Royal Air Force Cadets; Sea Cadets and Worcester Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club.
The 214 Battery brought a L118 Light Gun and Pinz, which will be on display in the Courtyard.
For more details of Armed Forces Day, including other events taking place in the county, go to https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/