Armed Forces Day flag raising

Posted on: 20 June 2017

In common with many other Government buildings the Armed Forces Day flag was raised at Phoenix House by the Chairman of Mid Devon District Council on Monday 19 June demonstrating the huge respect and appreciation shown by the people of our community to the Regulars, Reserves, Veterans and Cadets, as well as their families.

The short ceremony was attended by the Tiverton Town Mayor as well as the Mayor of Cullompton, the Royal British Legion, Sea Cadets, Honorary Aldermen and Members of the District Council.

The Chairman of the Council, Councillor Peter Heal, said: “It is a great honour for me as Chairman of Mid Devon District Council to carry out this duty. I am proud to be able to tell you that Mid Devon District Council is one of more than 450 Councils who will be raising the flag to celebrate the wonderful work done by all our armed forces both present and past.

“Traditionally the British have been very good at paying lasting tribute to past heroes, past sacrifices and past historic events; we all stand proud in November to remember the ending of the First World War in 1918, we remember other events like D-Day, VE and VJ Days, but all these events were in the past and so it must be a good thing that we mark,  remember and publicly acknowledge the ongoing sacrifices of today’s servicemen and women and to show our immense gratitude for the selfless way they protect us both at home and overseas.

“The members of all our armed forces, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and the Royal Marines are the ultimate protectors of our peace and security; we traditionally think of wars fought far from our shores but sadly all too often these days the danger we face is in the streets of our towns and cities.

“We have seen in recent weeks events which have brought fear and sadness to our homeland and we must show our eternal gratitude to the emergency services and our armed forces who, far from running away from danger, race towards it and deal with whatever confronts them with valour. They put their lives in danger so that we as a nation may know freedom in every sense of the word.

“We must also think today of all the cadet forces, our future protectors; on their shoulders rests a very onerous task, to protect our nation for the years to come and one thing is sure they will meet the challenge head on as our serving forces do today.  We don’t know what events will confront them, but we can be sure they will be prepared and be brave when the call comes.

“The raising of the Armed Forces Flag today gives us the opportunity to salute them for all they do on our behalf so that we can be free from fear and terror.  They all have our respect, our admiration and our continued gratitude.”

The flag will be flown for the duration of the week leading up to the National Day itself on Saturday 24 June.

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