City comes together to prepare for Armed Forces Day - The Worcester Observer

City comes together to prepare for Armed Forces Day

Worcester Editorial 26th Jun, 2019   0

MILITARY personnel and councillors joined shoppers on the High Street to observe the raising of the Armed Forces Day Flag over the Guildhall.

Mayor of Worcester Coun Allah Ditta was joined by dignitaries for the poignant ceremony, which saw the flag raised on buildings such as the Guildhall among other famous landmarks around the UK ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

Following a short speech by Coun Ditta, the exhortation was read by David Waldron before the Last Post and a minute’s silence.

The Kohima Epitah then led into prayers from Worcestershire’s Royal British Legion Chaplain and a local Imam before the Armed Forces Flag was raised.

The event was attended by representatives from the 214 (Worcestershire) Battery, the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, City of Worcester Squadron Royal Air Force Cadets, Sea Cadets and Worcester Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club.

The 214 Battery even brought a L118 Light Gun and Pinz to display in the courtyard for the event.

“Armed Forces Day will be particularly poignant this month, as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings,” said Coun Ditta.

“We are raising the flag over the Guildhall as a sign of thanks and appreciation to all those who put themselves in the frontline in order to protect our freedom and way of life. We are also showing solidarity for their loved ones and families.”

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