Call to show your support ahead of Armed Forces Day

Flag raising outside Oakham library for Armed Forces Day. EMN-150616-150318001
Flag raising outside Oakham library for Armed Forces Day. EMN-150616-150318001
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People have been urged to show their support for the military during a flag raising ceremony to kick off a week of celebrations ahead of Armed Forces Day.

Rutland County Council is joining hundreds of authorities across the country in raising a flag to salute the forces at 10.30am on Monday, June 22.

The county has two active army barracks: Kendrew in Cottesmore, and St George’s in North Luffenham,

Rutland’s flag will be raised outside Oakham Library on June 22 by a party from 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, who are currently based at Kendrew Barracks.

The regiment’s commanding officer, Lt Col Olly Brown, will also be in attendance. He said: “Armed Forces Day and this ceremony in particular is a hugely important opportunity to celebrate the close linkages between the military and the community in Rutland.”

The flag raising ceremony will begin at 10.15am following a short address by the chairman of Rutland County Council Kenneth Bool.

Coun Bool (Con) said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for the people of Rutland to show their appreciation for our armed forces.

“There are more than 1,000 serving military personnel based in our county and representatives from both the Kendrew and St Georges Barracks will be present on the day.”

Armed Forces Day this year will be on Saturday, June 27, with nearby events in Leicester, Nottingham and Northampton.

For more information about these celebrations, visit www.armedforcesday.co.uk.