People from across Staffordshire are being invited to pay tribute to members of the Armed Forces, as the nation prepares to celebrate Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24 June.
Staffordshire County Council will be flying the Armed Forces flag from the Shire Hall Gallery to mark the day. People will also be able to show their appreciation on Twitter by tweeting and sending a salute photo using #SaluteOurForces. On Reserves Day (Wednesday 21 June), people will also be invited to wear their services uniform to work.
As a proud home to the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, the county will once again be the focus for the nation’s tributes with a special Armed Forces Day event on the Saturday. With flypasts, a field gun display, military band and the RAF Falcons Parachute Display team and adventure activities, there will be something for everyone. It’s also ten years since the dedication of the famous Armed Forces Memorial that remembers those forces who died in service.
Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council said:
“As a big supporter of the forces I hope people will join the county council in showing our support for the brave men and women who make up the Armed Forces community. From currently serving troops at home and abroad, to service families, veterans and cadets.
“We will be proudly flying the Armed Forces flag from the top of Shire Hall on this special day to show our support and I would encourage people to join in the #SaluteOurForces campaign on Twitter. This is a great way for people to pay tribute to our forces for their hard work, dedication and efforts to keep us safe in the UK and across the globe.”
Staffordshire County Council Chairman, Michael Greatorex added:
“With an increasing number of military personnel at Lichfield and in Stafford, sites such as the National Memorial Arboretum, Commonwealth Graves and German Cemetery on Cannock Chase, Staffordshire continues to play its role in both supporting and honouring our Armed Forces. I do hope people will join us in showing our appreciation on this special day.”
Staffordshire has strong connections with the county’s Armed Forces and is home to three Signal Regiments in Stafford, the Defence Medical Services in Whittington, as well as a large number of Reserve units and Cadets.
The County Council also continues to support local organisations working with Armed Forces personnel and their families in applying for Armed Forces Covenant Funding. There are three opportunities this year for groups to apply for up to £20k to deliver local services and support projects that help integrate Armed Forces Communities. For further details on the funding click here or contact Amanda Dawson-Blower firstname.lastname@example.org
People can also find out about Armed Forces Day events in their area at www.armedforcesday.org.uk/find-events/