Flag raised at start of armed forces week


Armed Forces Flag raised at Town Hall to show support for forces personnel

Armed Forces Day may have been cancelled this coming Saturday but Banbury Town Council are still marking the occasion and this morning raised the Armed Forces Flag.  

Today marks the official start of Armed Forces Week, an annual event, which is an opportunity to show support for the men and women who make up the country’s armed forces community – including serving troops, service families, veterans and cadets.

Armed Forces Day normally takes place on the last Saturday in June, but this year the event has been cancelled because of coronavirus.

Armed Forces Week began today with flags raised on buildings and landmarks around the country.   In Banbury, the flag was raised at the town hall by leader of the town council Kieron Mallon and mayor John Colegrave.

Councillor Mallon, who is also president of the Banbury Royal British Legion branch, said: “The show of support for our armed forces provides a valuable morale boost for the troops and their families.

“In Banbury we normally celebrate Armed Forces Day with a military procession and a day of events in the Market Place but coronavirus has prevented that from going ahead this year.”

 Councillor Colegrave added: “Armed Forces Day is a popular event in Banbury and many people will be disappointed that it has been cancelled. However, we are able to show our support for the armed forces by raising the forces’ flag.”

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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