Wychavon raises honorary flag ahead of Armed Forces Day - The Evesham Observer

Wychavon raises honorary flag ahead of Armed Forces Day

Evesham Editorial 27th Jun, 2024   0

WYCHAVON has shown its support for the nations armed forces with a flag raising in Pershore.

The Armed Forces Day Flag was raised above the Civic Centre in Pershore to mark the lead up to the honorary day on Saturday, June 29.

Chairman of Wychavon District Council, councillor George Duffy, raised the flag during a short ceremony to mark the upcoming Armed Forces Day.

The day celebrates the contribution of the UK’s armed forces on and off the battlefield in providing security, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smuggling and fighting terrorism.

This year’s event has extra significance as 2024 marks the 80th anniversary of several key battles that turned the tide of the Second World War.

These include the Battle of Monte Cassino, which led to the liberation of Rome, the D-Day landings, the defeat of the Japanese at Kohima and Imphal, Operation Market Garden, and the Battle of the Scheldt.

It is also 25 years since British troops were involved in NATO peacekeeping missions in Kosovo.

Coun Duffy said: “We’re forever indebted to our armed forces, past and present, for everything they do to protect the security of our country and promote peace around the world.

“In particular, we should never forget the sacrifice and unimaginable courage of the generation that opened the road to freedom during the Second World War.

“That’s why I was delighted to raise the Armed Forces Day flag as a mark of thanks, a display of pride and a sign of our continued support for them and their families.”


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