Epping celebrates Armed Forces Day

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The Armed Forces Day flag was raised in Epping on Monday 20 June 2016 to mark the start of Armed Forces Day celebrations. Chairman Jeane Lea and Reverend Peter Smith of Waltham Abbey Church were joined by councillors, staff and members of the public in a flag raising ceremony at Epping Forest District Council’s civic offices.

Chairman Jeane Lea and Rev Peter Smith holding the Armed Forces Day flag

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Led by Chairman Jeane Lea, the ceremony showed the district’s support for the men and women who make up our Armed Forces. As a mark of respect both the Union flag and the Armed Forces Day flag were lowered to half mast in tribute to the Labour MP Jo Cox, who was tragically killed in her West Yorkshire constituency on Thursday.

Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day takes place Saturday 25 June 2016. Showing support for our Armed Forces provides a much valued morale boost for the troops and their families.

Our Armed Forces defend the UK and its interests. They work around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, providing security and fighting terrorism.

Our chance to say thank you

Chairman Jeane Lea said: “Raising the Armed Forces Day flag is our chance to say thank you to all the extraordinary men and women who protect us, on behalf of the Epping Forest district I would like to say a big thank you.”

“Armed Forces Day also gives us all a great opportunity to help raise awareness of the contribution and sacrifices our Armed Forces, both past and present, have made for our country.”