Flying the flag for our Armed Forces

Wychavon has paid tribute to Britain's servicemen and women by proudly flying the Armed Forces Flag.

The flag was raised during a short ceremony at the Civic Centre in Pershore on Monday (20 June) in celebration of Armed Forces Day which takes place on Saturday, 25 June.

Cllr Alex Sinton, Chairman of Wychavon District Council, led the tributes to Britain's Armed Forces including those on active service as well as reservists and cadets. He also thanked the families of Armed Forces personnel for their dedication to supporting their loved ones who served and praised the work of the Royal British Legion.

Rev Laura Handy, the Chairman's Chaplain, then led those gathered in prayers for peace and the safe return of those currently on active service.

There was also a two-minute silence to remember those who sacrificed their lives in service to their country before the flag was raised.

Cllr Alex Sinton, Chairman of Wychavon District Council, said: "In this country, the respect we have for our Armed Forces is deeply embedded in our national makeup. What all of us recognise and what links the generations is that those who serve stand for honour and sacrifice. They put themselves after others and their country before self. This is the occasion when the rest of us can show our patriotic support for all these heroes and their outstanding contribution to this country."

Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for communities across the UK to show their support, and provide a morale boost for Britain's service personnel, their families, reservists and cadets.

Residents can get involved by attending Armed Forces Day events or joining the #SaluteOurForces campaign on social media.

Visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk for more information about Armed Forces Day.
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