Worcester flag flies to show support for Armed Forces
The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Jo Hodges, was joined by military personnel today (22 June) to observe the raising of the Armed Forces Day Flag over the Guildhall.
"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," said Councillor Jo Hodges, Mayor of Worcester.
The Mayor and Consort were joined by Captain Bob Low from 214 Battery, Dave Waldron, Chairman of the Worcestershire Royal British Legion and the Mayor's Chaplain.
The format was as follows:
Short speech by Mayor
Exhortation – read by David Waldron RBL
Prayer read by Chaplain
Raising of the Armed Forces Flag
"I urge people this week to remember the selfless commitment, courage and sacrifice that our brave service men and women make to keep others safe," said Cllr Chris Mitchell, Worcester City Council's Armed Forces Champion, who spent 20 years in the Army.
"Showing support for the Armed Forces provides a much-valued morale boost for the troops and their families – many of whom live locally."
For more details of Armed Forces Day and how it will be marked nationally, go to www.armedforcesday.org.uk.