Poignant flag raising ceremony celebrates Armed Forces Day

Armed forces day - flag raising ceremony at war memorial in Milngavie Precinct.
Armed forces day - flag raising ceremony at war memorial in Milngavie Precinct.

Armed Forces Day was marked with a poignant flag raising ceremony in Milngavie precinct.

Provost Una Walker, on behalf of East Dunbartonshire Council, was presented with the flag by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire, Pat Steel, before it was raised.

Members of the Royal British Legion Scotland, Milngavie and Bearsden branch, cadets, police, officers from the 32 Signal Regiment and members of the public were all in attendance.

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

Provost Walker said: “I was honoured to lend my support to this year’s Armed Forces Day event and I would like to extend my thanks to the Milngavie and Bearsden branch of The Royal British Legion Scotland for once again organising this important ceremony.

“Armed Forces Day is a chance for the community to come together to pay tribute to the men and women, past and present, of all our armed forces.

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

“Britain’s Armed Forces do a remarkable job, and often in difficult circumstances. They, and their families, have given much for the peace and security of the UK. It was encouraging to see such a good turnout from members of the community to help us 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.”

The flag flew until Monday, July 13 when it will be lowered by Depute Provost Anne Jarvis at 6.30pm.

For more information visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk