Armed Forces Day will be marked in Milngavie this Saturday (June 21) with a poignant flag raising ceremony to honour service personnel.
Provost Una Walker will represent East Dunbartonshire Council at the event, which takes place at the flag-pole next to the War Memorial in Milngavie Precinct at 10.30am.
She will be presented with a flag by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire before it is raised by a cadet from the local Army Cadet Force Detachment, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, The Royal Regiment of Scotland.
Members of the Mingavie and Bearsden branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, Army Cadets, Police, Fire and Rescue and Scottish Ambulance Service will also be there. 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. It is 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War and 70 years since the D-Day landings, which saw troops from all over the UK fight shoulder to shoulder to liberate Europe.
“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.”
Ian M W Taggart, MBE, TD, chairman of The Royal British Legion Scotland, Milngavie & Bearsden Branch, 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.”