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South Lakeland Council flies flag for Armed Forces Day 2022

Written by on 20/06/2022

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) is flying the flag to support Armed Forces Day 2022.

The council held a ceremony on 20th June to hoist an Armed Forces Day flag above Kendal Town Hall to say thank you to the men and woman who make up the Armed Forces community, from currently serving troops to service families, veterans, war widows, reservists and cadets.

Among those attending the event were representatives from the Royal British Legion and Royal Naval Association, SLDC’s Chairman Councillor Pete McSweeney, Leader Councillor Jonathan Brook and Chief Executive Lawrence Conway.

Burneside Brass bugler Pauline Bateman played The General Salute while the flag was raised by SLDC’s caretakers.

Today marks the start of Armed Forces Week 2022 and the flag will remain above Kendal Town Hall until after Armed Forces Day on Saturday, 25 June.

SLDC Chairman Councillor Pete McSweeney said: “It’s always a privilege to pay tribute to service personnel past and present – especially so in this Platinum Jubilee year when we thank those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces throughout her long reign.

“Today we’ve come together to raise the flag and say thank you for everything the forces do for our country. Their duty and dedication to keeping us safe is outstanding, and we would also like to salute their families for the sacrifices they make behind the scenes.

“We all share the same goals of living together in peace, supported by the entire Armed Forces community. I hope that today’s flag-raising ceremony will give a much-valued morale boost to South Lakeland’s service personnel and their loved ones at home and overseas.”

This year is the 14th Armed Forces Day and celebrations will be taking place across the country. To find out more, visit: www.armedforcesday.org.uk