Melton Borough Council

Armed Forces Week - Fly the Flag

Published Thursday, 14th June 2018 Picture of 2017 Flying the Flag ceremony

A flag flying ceremony to support Britain’s National Armed Forces Day has been arranged by Melton Borough Council.

The event will take place outside the front of the Council Offices, Parkside on Burton Street on Monday 25 June.  It starts at 10.40 a.m. when members of the public are urged to go along and show their support and honour those who serve, have served and those who have given their lives for their country in various conflicts and wars.

Military organisations will be represented and will include handlers and dogs from the RAVC Defence Animal Training Regiment in Melton.  WO1 (CRSM) Greg Cunningham will take the lead in the parade. 

Guests will be formally welcomed by The Mayor, Councillor Mrs Pru Chandler, followed by a short service and blessing of the flag by Reverend Kevin Ashby.   The flag will be raised at 11.00 a.m. to honour the British Armed Forces, past, present and future.

The Mayor, Councillor Pru Chandler said: “Armed Forces Day gives us the opportunity to show our appreciation for the huge sacrifices made by those who make up our serving forces. The purpose of the day is to say thank you to these brave people so I hope that as many people as possible will come and join us on the day.”

The flag will be raised by Cpl Whyte MBE.

Cpl Whyte MBE is an RAF Policeman who has served operationally in the Falkland Islands and Afghanistan as a Military Working Dog Handler. He was awarded the MBE in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours List.  As we celebrate the centenaries of both the RAF and the RAVC this year it is fitting that Cpl Whyte raises the flag on behalf of the Defence Animal Training Regiment.

Among those supporting the event are local branches of the Armed Forces and the Royal British Legion. 

The Mayor will also be attending the Parade and Service for Armed Forces Day taking place at Leicester Cathedral on Saturday 23 June.

 

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For more information please contact:

 

Lena Shuttlewood

Democracy & Involvement Officer

Melton Borough Council

Telephone: 01664 502314

Email: lshuttlewood@melton.gov.uk