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Show your support for Armed Forces Day

Rutland residents are being encouraged to show their support for the armed forces by attending a special flag raising event at Oakham Castle on June 25.

The short ceremony marks the start of Armed Forces Week 2018, with national celebrations taking place throughout the week, building up to Armed Force Day on June 30.

Armed Forces Day has been celebrated across the UK since 2006 as a mark of respect to the men and women who make up our armed forces community: from serving troops and their families to veterans and cadets.

Helen Briggs, chief executive of Rutland County Council and Armed Forces Champion, said: "We owe the armed forces a huge debt of gratitude for the sacrifices they make in defence of our country and Rutland has a strong connection with the armed forces dating back over many decades.

"We’re extremely proud of armed forces and thankful for all they do, which is why Armed Forces Day is so important.

"I hope as many people as possible will join us for the celebration."

Rutland has a long history of supporting armed forces families and personnel stationed in the county, with four regiments currently based here.

- 1st Military Working Dogs Regiment and 2 Medical Regiment are presently based at St Georges Barracks in North Luffenham; and

- 2 The Princess of Wales Royal Regiment and 7 Regiment the Royal Logistic Corps are based at nearby Kendrew Barracks in Cottesmore.

Rutland’s Armed Forces Day flag will be raised by a party from 2 The Princess of Wales Royal Regiment.

The ceremony will begin at 10.20am with short addresses from Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Sarah Furness, council chairman Kenneth Bool and Armed Forces Champion Richard Foster, followed by prayers.

The free event is open to all members of the public.

Veterans of the armed forces, in particular, are also invited to attend.

Armed Forces Day will be on June 30, with nearby events in Leicester, Peterborough and Market Harborough.

For more information about these events and other celebrations, visit the national Armed Forces Day website at www.armedforcesday.org.uk

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