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Schoolchildren will gather around the County Council’s flagpole next week to witness a special flag being raised to commemorate national Armed Forces Day.

Cllr Mandy Smith, Chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council, accompanied by Colonel Colin Elsden DL (representing HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire), will lead the Council’s flag-raising ceremony at Shire Hall on Monday, June 19.

Joining them will be Colonel Derek Bristow OBE DL, Chris Malyon, Deputy Chief Executive of the County Council and children from nearby St Luke’s Primary School who will watch the ceremony taking place at 10.30am.

 Members of the Armed Forces Personnel, the Cambridgeshire Royal British Legion, veterans and cadets from Kimbolton School will also be in attendance.

The ceremony is one of many taking place on Monday, June 19 with flags being raised on buildings and famous landmarks up and down the country to kick off the celebrations. Armed Forces Day itself is on Saturday, June 24.

 Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to do two things. Firstly, to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces. Secondly, to give the nation an opportunity to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community - from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.

Cllr Smith said: “I am delighted at the way the whole country comes together to recognise the armed forces and the work they do. The flag-raising at Shire Hall is a wonderful way to remember allthe men and women in our armed forces to ensure their huge contribution to the life we lead today is never forgotten.”


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