Raising the flag in support of Armed Forces Day

Published: Monday 22 June 2020

The Provost and other invited guests at a significantly reduced flag raising ceremony ahead of Armed Forces Day 2020

A significantly reduced flag-raising ceremony was held at the weekend in advance of Armed Forces Day.

The day, which shows support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets, takes place on Saturday, 27 June.

Restrictions put in place because of Covid-19 meant that this year’s event at South Lanarkshire Council’s Headquarters did not have the usual numbers, but those in attendance included South Lanarkshire Provost Ian McAllan, the council’s Veteran’s Champion, Councillor Mark Horsham, the council’s Chief Executive Cleland Sneddon, Rev. Ross Blackman, John Thomson representing the British Legion, Lieutenant Colonel Iain Davidson, Colonel John Campbell and Warrant Officer Karen Swan.

Provost McAllan said: “It was an honour to be part of a flag raising ceremony for Armed Forces Day, obviously greatly reduced due the current pandemic.

“Nevertheless, it is essential we continue to pay tribute to all the brave servicemen and e who do such a fantastic job protecting us all.

“The event conveys our deepest gratitude for the sacrifices that those in active service are unfortunately still asked to make all too often to retain the freedom the rest of us enjoy.

“It is this selfless dedication to duty in times of war, providing humanitarian relief or as international peace keepers - often in the most trying and dangerous conditions - that we must never take for granted.”

Councillor Horsham added: “The raising of this flag reflects our thanks for everything our armed personnel do to keep us safe and secure at home and abroad.”

Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to:
•       raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces
• give the nation an opportunity to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community - from currently serving troops and Service families to veterans and cadets