Armed Forces Day flag raising
The Armed Forces Day flag was raised outside of the council offices yesterday (Monday 24 June) to show support and gratitude to members of the armed forces community.
Mayor Councillor Roger Trigg raised the flag at the event, which was also attended by representatives of the Royal British Legion, Royal Navy Association, cadets, students, councillors and residents.
Mayor Councillor Roger Trigg said:
The annual Armed Forces Day flag raising is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to show their support and pay tribute to the armed forces community for their hard work and dedication to our country and keeping us safe.
This event took place all over the U.K. and is a small way to recognise, celebrate and remember our past, present and future armed forces personnel.
Councillor Glyn Hayes, the council's Armed Forces Community Covenant Champion, who served in the Royal Engineers for eight years, said:
I have seen first-hand the hard work that our armed forces do, and the significant contributions they make to this country, with many risking their lives.
Returning from service can be a difficult time, but the Armed Forces Community Covenant aims to make the process easier by offering support and gratitude to veterans.
We are committed to supporting forces personnel and their families, and helping them continue to contribute to society. Raising the flag is a small way to show our appreciation to those who have served for our country.
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council supports the Hertfordshire Community Covenant, which aims to promote understanding and awareness amongst the public of issues affecting the armed forces community. For more information visit: www.welhat.gov.uk/armedforces