A special flag is flying over Preston ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday (27 June).Advertisement
The flag has been raised today (Monday 22 June) by Lancashire County Council, to mark the beginning of a week of virtual activities leading up to the national celebration.
The flag is normally raised by the Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire at a special ceremony, however due to Covid-19 there is no event taking place this year.
Preston normally celebrates Armed Forces Day on the Flag Market, but this year many events in the lead up to the celebration day will be held virtually to allow people to celebrate in a safe way.
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HM Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, The Lord Shuttleworth KG KCVO, said: “The Armed Forces Day flag is a great way to show how we are all grateful for the people who serve their country, what they have done for us and the contribution they make to our county.
“This is particularly important at this time as we acknowledge the vital role the forces are playing during the Coronavirus outbreak supporting with testing and other vital tasks.
“Although our ceremony and others have been affected by lockdown, many Armed Forces Day flags will be flying in districts across Lancashire this week.”
LCC says the flag shows the Council’s support and appreciation for the contribution made by servicemen and women past and present, and for the wider Armed Forces community of families, veterans and cadets.
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County Councillor Alf Clempson, champion for armed forces and veterans, said: “I’m pleased we are once again supporting Armed Forces Week.
“As well as flying the flag, we’re encouraging our employees to take part in activities, virtual events and tune in to the Armed Forces Day podcast to mark the celebration.
“Although most of the events for this year are now virtual, I’d encourage people to visit the national Armed Forces Day website to find out more.”
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This year, national Armed Forces Week will highlight a different part of the military each day, from cadets and reservists, to veterans and kit.
For more information, visit the Armed Forces Day website.
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