Flag raising event to honour armed forces

Published Monday 13 June 2016

Harborough District Council will be hoisting a specially commissioned Armed Forces Day flag on Monday 20 June 2016, together with other local authorities, businesses and homes across the country.

The Chairman of the Council, Cllr. Janette Ackerley, Deputy Lieutenant, Andrew Granger and veterans, service organisation representatives, and other guests, will hold a short ceremony following the flag being raised on The Symington Building at 10.30am, to mark the build up to Armed Forces Day.

Armed Forces Day will take place on Saturday 25 June 2016 and is an opportunity for the nation to show its support for service men and women, whether veteran or still serving. It is an opportunity to honour and celebrate the work they do in support of our country.

The intention is that Armed Forces Day should build on the success of the past Veterans Day celebrations and to raise awareness of the past and continuing contributions of the Armed Forces.

Market Harborough Armed Forces Day Committee have arranged a parade of all Cadet Forces, along with other young people from local Royal British Legion affiliated units, on Sunday, 26 June 2016.

They will parade through the town from Bowden Lane via High Street, where the Chairman of Harborough District Council will receive the Cadet’s Salute outside The Old Grammar School. There will be a Drumhead Service on The Square, starting at 2pm.

The address will be given by General Sir Tim Cross CBE (Rtd), GOC Theatre Troops, Iraq and a Reader in the Anglican Church.

Veterans are invited to assemble in the Memorial Gardens at 2.15pm and will join the parade on The Square.

The event is open to all and light refreshments will be available in the Harborough Theatre lounge afterwards.