Council pays respect to forces

Armed Forces Day
Armed Forces Day

A special ceremony was held at Aberdeenshire Council headquarters on Monday, (June 24) in honour of Britain’s Armed Forces.

Dozens of guests, including representatives from all the Armed Forces, attended the special Armed Forces Day celebrations Woodhill House in Aberdeen.

The ceremony was conducted in the run up to the day itself on Saturday (June 29).

Piper Michael Laing opened today’s ceremony, followed by a speech from Aberdeenshire Provost, Jill Webster, who paid tribute to the brave men and women who serve and have served in the country’s Armed Forces.

She said: “It is an honour for me to lead Aberdeenshire Council’s contribution to Armed Forces Day. It is the fifth year that the nation has come together to recognise those who serve or have served our country and to pay tribute to those who have fallen in conflict.

“The council is demonstrating its commitment to our serving forces, our veterans and associated organisations, by signing up to the Armed Forces Community Covenant. The council is also making changes to our housing policy, to incorporate priority for those being discharged from the armed forces, and have established a dedicated page on the council’s website.

The Provost was followed by speeches from Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire, James Ingleby; Vice Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire, Dr Andrew Orr, and Commanding Officer of the Aberdeen Universities Officer Training Corps (AUOTC), Lieutenant Colonel Paul Binnie.

Commenting after the ceremony, Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside Councillor Geva Blackett said: “Armed Forces Day is a both a commemoration of the sacrifices for the freedoms that we tend to take for granted each day and a celebration of the important and varied contribution made to our communities and country by armed forces personnel past and present.”

Armed Forces Day is now in it’s fifth year.