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 22 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 dogs and horses from the Defence Animal Centre in Melton. RSM Adrian Davies will take the lead in the parade.
Guests will be formally welcomed by The Mayor, Cllr Jeanne Douglas followed by a short service and blessing of the flag jointly by Reverend Catriona Cumming and Reverend Jane Carter. The flag will be raised at 11.00 a.m. to honour the British Armed Forces, past, present and future.
The flag will be raised by Private Bradley Perry:
Pte Perry, 28, is married and joined the Army on 9 September 2013 as a Royal Army Veterinary Corps Dog Handler. After completing Basic Training at ATC Pirbright, Pte Perry started Phase Two training at the Defence Animal Centre in January 2014 which was followed by a posting in April 2014 to the 1st Military Dog Regiment – 105 Squadron in Germany. Pte Perry was posted to the Defence Animal Centre on 7 April 2015 as a dog trainer and is a trainer on the Protection Training Section. During this time he has passed out his first dog MWD Finn. He is currently at an operation MGS unit.
Among those supporting the event are local branches of the Armed Forces and the Royal British Legion. Melton’s affiliated ship, HMS Quorn, a mine sweeper, under the command of Lt. Commander Stuart Yates, is currently on deployment with NATO in the Baltic Sea until early July conducting Historic Ordnance Disposal and multi-national exercises. HMS Quorn holds strong links with Melton and continues to enjoy the honour of holding the Freedom of the Borough.
In a message from the Ship and her Crew, Lt Commander Yates said: “We are extremely proud and honoured to be affiliated to the Borough of Melton and are grateful for the strong support you all provide to HMS Quorn and the Royal Navy. While we cannot be with you today, we have sent a White Ensign, flown by the Ship during recent operations to be flown in our absence on your Fly the Flag Day.”
Mayor, Cllr Jeanne Douglas said “The Armed Forces Day is an annual opportunity for everyone to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from currently serving troops to service families and from veterans to cadets. I would like to urge our residents to come to this fly the flag ceremony and join me in marking the occasion.”
The Mayor and Consort will also be attending a Special Service of Thanksgiving taking place at Leicester Cathedral on Saturday 4 July in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Jennifer, Lady Gretton.