Sidmouth flies flag for Armed Forces Day
PUBLISHED: 10:21 25 June 2013 | UPDATED: 10:21 25 June 2013
EAST DEVON District Council is flying the flag for the fifth annual Armed Forces Day following a ceremony on Monday.
The chairman of the council, Councillor Graham Godbeer, raised the flag in a ceremony at Knowle watched by vice chairman Christine Drew, leader Paul Diviani, other members and representatives of the Royal British Legion, including standard bearer John Hayes.
The flag will fly until after Armed Forces Day tomorrow (Saturday, June 29) – when the whole nation is invited to show support for the military, both servicing and retired, at home and abroad.
Cllr Godbeer said: “We have commemorated those who have fallen in conflicts for over 90 years, but it is only since 2009 that we in the UK have honoured those who presently serve in our Armed Forces, those who are veterans and those too young to serve but who take part in Armed Forces activities – namely our cadets.
“We very much hope that all those who serve in whatever theatre of conflict are returned home speedily and safely after their work is done. We especially remember those who return wounded who need our support now and in the time to come.
“We thank them all for their loyalty, their devotion to duty and their service to our country – and we wish them well”.