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June 20th 2016

Nottinghamshire salutes Armed Forces

People and organisations in Nottinghamshire will come together to show their support for and pride in our Armed Forces this week.

Armed Forces Day is the annual, national campaign that gives everyone the opportunity to show their support for the men and women of the Armed Forces past and present, including currently serving troops, service families, reservists, veterans and cadets.

The celebrations in Nottinghamshire began on Saturday 18 June with an event for families at Kings Park, Retford.

The event incorporated the Bassetlaw Scouts and Retford and District Guides Carnival, was attended by five military units and included fairground rides, a shooting range, stalls, dance and martial arts demonstrations.

On Monday 20 June, there is a formal launch event at County Hall, West Bridgford, starting at 10.40am, when the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City Council and the Royal British Legion come together to raise of the Armed Forces Day flag.

The ceremony will include the delivery of the flag by the county’s Sea Cadet, Army Cadet and Air Training Corps, and a Guard of Honour formed by Royal British Legion Standard Bearers. The flag will be raised by Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Michael Rowen, accompanied by a fanfare by trumpeter WO2 Paul Thomas from the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers.

Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council have joined forces in a ceremony to show their support for the work of the Armed Forces.

The flag will be flown at County Hall, alongside the River Trent, for a week — including on national Armed Forces Day itself, Saturday 25 June.

Similar events are taking place across the UK, enabling people to come out and show their support, and giving a much-valued morale boost for Armed Forces personnel and their families.

The Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, Councillor Yvonne Woodhead, said: “The UK Armed Forces defend our country and its interests every day of the year. They are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, providing security and fighting terrorism.

“I know that the people of Nottinghamshire are right behind our forces – whether they be serving troops and their families, reservists, veterans or cadets. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude and events like Armed Forces Day give us a great opportunity to express our pride and say thank you for the difficult job they do on our behalf.”

“I know that the people of Nottinghamshire are right behind our forces – whether they be serving troops and their families, reservists, veterans or cadets."