Council marks Armed Forces Day

Provost Jill Webster.
Provost Jill Webster.

Aberdeenshire Council will ‘Fly a Flag’ in honour of Britain’s Armed Forces today (Monday), as the country prepares to mark Armed Forces Day.

Members of the country’s Armed Forces will be among the guests invited to watch the commemorative flag being raised at the council’s Woodhill House headquarters in Aberdeen.

The Provost of Aberdeenshire, Cllr Jill Webster will lead the event with a speech paying tribute to the hard work and commitment of those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces.

She will be joined by Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire, James Ingleby, Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire, Carol Kinghorn, and Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Thorp, commanding officer of the Aberdeen Universities Officers Training Corps (AUOTC) who will lead their own tributes.

The commemorative Armed Forces Day flag will be raised by Cadet Warrant Officer Andrew Low, of 865 (Portlethen) Squadron Air Cadets and Leading Cadet Ross Lawson, of Stonehaven and District (475) Unit Sea Cadets.

Communities across the UK will be taking part in a wide variety of events in the run-up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 30. Now in its fourth year, the national event is an opportunity to highlight the contribution that personnel make and have made to Britain in their service throughout the world.

Representatives from all the Armed Forces will attend the Aberdeenshire Council ceremony today (Monday), including the army, navy, air force, the Royal British Legion, the reserve forces and cadet association. They will be joined by local councillors and members of the emergency services.

Provost Webster said: “It is important for Aberdeenshire Council to show its support to the men and women in the Armed Forces community who represent our country across the world with commitment and dedication.

“The flag-raising event gives us the chance to give our support to the brave servicemen and women, both past and present, and recognise the large number of people whose lives are linked to the Armed Forces, including cadets, serving personnel and veterans.

“We will also pay tribute to those who have lost their lives in conflict.”