Bromley shows its support to the Armed Forces

Published Friday, 24 June 2016

Annual flag raising event Bromley 2016

A ceremony to mark the week running up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday, 25 June.

On Tuesday, 21 June, the Mayor, Councillor Ian F Payne led Bromley Council in its annual flag raising ceremony to mark the week running up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday, 25 June. This is when the public are encouraged to show their support for the men and women who make up our Armed Forces community.

In his opening remarks the Mayor said: “It is an opportunity to show support for the Armed Forces, namely, the Navy, Army and Air Force, and it provides a much valued morale boost for the troops and their families. It is also the opportunity for us to confirm the Armed Forces Covenant that outlines how the Government, Local Authority, businesses and communities support Armed Forces personnel, past and present throughout the year. Our Armed Forces couldn’t do their job without the incredible support of their family and friends, today is a day we also acknowledge them - the forgotten heroes.”

The Mayor also acknowledged the cadet forces across the Borough and the UK, which number over 130,000 nationwide, of young people learning life and career building skills as well as doing vocational qualifications.

The event took place in the grounds of the Civic Centre and was attended by members of the armed forces, veterans, Bob Neill MP Bob Colonel Stewart MP, Leader of the Council, Councillors and staff.

Councillor Stephen Carr, Leader of Bromley Council said: “Each year it is with great pride and humility we give thanks for the contribution made to our country by those who serve and who have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. The event is also an opportunity to join the nation in the run up to Armed Forces Day in showing our support for all those who make up our armed forces community from serving troops to service families, veterans to cadets.”

Picture shows: Bromley’s Mayor with standard bearers at Bromley’s annual flag raising ceremony to mark Armed Forces Day.