The Epping Forest district showed it’s support for the nation’s Armed Forces by raising the Armed Forces Day flag in Epping today. The flag will fly outside the civic offices all week ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27 June 2015.
Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support and #SaluteOurForces for all they do.
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Epping Forest District Council Chairman Liz Webster led the flag raising ceremony accompanied by a standard bearer and veterans from the Royal British Legion, watched by councillors, staff and members of the public.
Reverend Peter Smith, Rector of Waltham Abbey Church, read prayers for Armed Forces community.
Show our gratitude and appreciation
Epping Forest District Council Chairman Liz Webster said:
I am honoured, as Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, to be here to celebrate Armed Forces Day with you. In Epping today we are raising the Armed Forces Day flag to honour Britain’s Armed forces.
Armed Forces Day provides us with the opportunity to show our support for those who serve in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, and to those who have served in previous generations. As a nation, we continue to be indebted to those who today risk their lives in many places around the world and to the veterans whose service we will never forget and always honour.
This year is a special year for the Epping Forest district. 2015 is the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain where RAF North Weald played a key role keeping the skies above the capital clear of enemy aircraft. On Sunday 12 July we will be commemorating this Anniversary with veterans from the Royal Air Forces Association at our North Weald Airfield Community Day. They are a constant reminder to younger generations that preserving our way of life and the things we hold most dear is sometimes hard won, and never guaranteed.
Today I am raising the Armed Forces Day flag to publicly show our gratitude and appreciation of all our services: our Airmen, our Soldiers and our Sailors, past, present and future.