UDC raises flag in support of the Armed Forces

Uttlesford District Council has shown its support for the British Armed Forces by hoisting a flag at its offices in Saffron Walden.

Due to the restrictions, a ceremony was held today (Monday 21 June) attended only by a small number of staff and invited guests, including representatives of the Royal British Legion and armed forces from Carver Barracks.

Cllr Arthur Coote, Chair of the Council, read out a short speech before raising the flag.

Cllr Coote said: "We have always raised the flag in support of our Armed Forces but this is the second year where we have been unable to invite the wider community to take part.

"We all acknowledge the significance of showing our support which provides a much valued morale boost for the troops and their families, and not forgetting those with family and friends currently in active service. It also gives us an opportunity publicly to express our appreciation and gratitude to those who lay their lives on the line on a daily basis in our interests.

"We often tend to take our peace and security for granted. But the fact that we have it is due very largely to the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who are our ultimate protectors. Too often their bravery and dedication is not fully appreciated.

"Armed Forces Day brings what they do to the forefront and reminds us of the vital contribution they are making."

The flag will fly at UDC until Armed Forces Day, on Saturday 26 June.

22 June 2021