Flag raised to mark Armed Forces Day

Bill Chapple at the Armed Forces Day flag launch
Bill Chapple at the Armed Forces Day flag launch

A special flag raising ceremony was held in Aylesbury on Monday to mark the run up to Armed Forces Day.

The ceremony, which took place outside the County Court building in Market Square, was led by the chairman of the county council, Bill Chapple OBE.

He was joined by Buckinghamshire’s Lord-Lieutenant Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, representatives from RAF Halton and 7 Rifles, the armed forces community, council staff and councillors.

The flag was raised by Cadet Sergeant Major Georgia James and Cadet Warrant Officer Sarah Aspland, accompanied by a fanfare played by Max Farmer of Mandeville School.

It will now be flown each day of the week leading up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday. Mr Chapple said: “This is the country’s opportunity to say a huge thank you to the men, women, boys and girls who make up the Armed Forces family – past, present and future. The veterans, the regulars, the reservists, the cadets – and of course their families.

“Showing our support gives a much-valued morale boost to the armed forces, and this year’s ceremony is extremely poignant because it is the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

“I hope our ceremony will really highlight our support and admiration for what the armed forces do.

“You can show your support right now by purchasing your tickets or signing up as a volunteer.”

Armed Forces Day takes place from 1pm to 7pm at Aylesbury Rugby Club, Weston Turville.

Attractions include live music, an air show and dog display.

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