25/06/18 Breckland Council raises the flag for Armed Forces Day
Breckland Council celebrated Armed Forces day with an official flag raising ceremony outside their Dereham council offices today (25 June). Led by the Chairman of Breckland Council, Cllr Richard Duffield, and supported by representatives from the local armed services, the Royal British Legion, Norfolk Army Cadets and council staff, a specially designed flag was raised to honour the contribution the Armed Services make within the community.
The Armed Forces flag raising ceremony is one of thousands that are being held around the country by councils, businesses, schools and citizens in the lead up to a national event being held in Llandudno, North Wales on 30th June 2018.
Breckland Council has exceptionally strong links with service personnel and their families across the district, including the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, who are based nearby in Swanton Morley and were represented by Major Ollie Braithwaite, and RAF Marham, who were represented at the flag raising ceremony by Wg Cdr Colin Feeney and Warrant Officer Martin Fairbank from the Royal Navy. Other military services were also represented at this regional event, include Major Robert Gibbs, Cadet Executive Officer from the Norfolk Army Cadets, and Peter Loades and John English, participating on behalf of the Royal British Legion.
Addressing those attending the ceremony Cllr Duffield, Chairman of Breckland Council, stated "Every day of the year our servicemen and women are busy around the world promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, providing security and fighting terrorism. The defence of our country is vital to every one of us, therefore we owe the Armed Forces a great debt for their outstanding work."
The Chairman also spoke about the strong local links with not only the service personnel, but also their families within the Breckland community and the positive impact they have within our community. Before the flag was raised, a minute's silence was observed in memory to those service personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The first Armed Forces Day was held on 22 June 2009, and the 'Fly a Flag' initiative began the same year as a way for local communities to demonstrate their support in the lead up to the day. Since then the event has grown and now thousands of flags can be seen around the country, many on historic and iconic buildings and some flown by individual members of the general public who wish to show their support personally.