Flying the flag to honour forces

Armed Forces Day Parade
Armed Forces Day Parade

A very special Armed Forces Day will be marked during a poignant ceremony next Saturday, July 4, in Milngavie Precinct.

Members of the Royal British Legion will raise a special flag in front of a crowd, including East Dunbartonshire Council Provost Una Walker, at 10.30am next to the War Memorial.

Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire Pat Steel will present the flag to the Provost, before it is raised by Members of the Royal British Legion Scotland (Milngavie and Bearsden branch), cadets, Police Scotland and officers from the 32 Signal Regiment.

Provost Walker said: “We are honoured to lend our support to this national event and to pay tribute to the men and women, past and present, of all our armed forces.

“This year’s event takes place at an important moment in history, coming 70 years since the end of the Second World War.

“It will be a great honour for the council to be joined by many so many different people from all walks of life which will make the commemoration all the more poignant.”

A number of Second World War army jeeps will also be on display in the precinct with volunteers on hand to talk about the vehicles.

Chairman of the local Royal British Legion branch, Ian Taggart, said: “Armed Forces Day was established in 2009 to raise awareness in recognition of the substantial service, dedication and often ultimate sacrifice of all our armed services who pledge to protect the safety and security of Britain.

“This is a chance for us to come together and celebrate the contribution of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force to our society and to show our support for veterans, serving personnel, cadets, regulars and reserves.”

Members of the public are encouraged to come along and support the ceremony.

The flag will fly in Milngavie Precinct until Monday, July 13, at 6.30pm.

For more information visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk