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Flying the flag for Armed Forces Day

Date: 

Tuesday, 16 June, 2020

A flag will fly proudly above the Civic Offices in Gloucester Square from next Monday (22 June) in the lead up to the annual Armed Forces Day.

Woking Borough Council will be joining hundreds of other councils across the UK in raising the unique flag, based on the Union Jack, in support of Britain’s Armed Forces Day. Flags will be flown the length and breadth of the country from Aberdeen to the Scilly Isles and from Lowestoft to the Isle of Man in the week leading up to the national event, which this year falls on Saturday 27 June 2020.

Owing to the cancellation of all mass gatherings in light of the current Covid-19 emergency, the accompanying flag-raising ceremony and veteran’s parade in Woking town centre will not take place.

Supporters are instead invited to join nationwide celebrations online and are also being encouraged to host virtual parties and drop a line to serving, or veteran, friends and loved ones, to show appreciation for the work they do.

Speaking about the event, Mayor of Woking, Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, said: “The Armed Forces Day flag is an important visual symbol of our support for the military personnel who have served, and continue to serve, our country, and we are proud to fly it above the Civic Offices each year.

“Although we are unable to congregate together to mark Armed Forces Day this year, I encourage everyone across the Borough to show their respect by participating in the online activities being organised by Armed Forces Day, and why not get in touch with friends or family who are in service, or veterans, to show them you are thinking of them.”

The flag will fly above the Civic Offices until Monday 29 June 2020.

More information about the national Armed Forces Day celebrations can be found online at www.armedforcesday.org.uk or by following on Facebook or Twitter using the handle @ArmedForcesDay and #SaluteOurForces.