Provost helps to raise the Armed Forces Day Flag

Provost Una Walker raising the flag with army cadet Alice Macintyre-Beon and Ian Taggart.
Provost Una Walker raising the flag with army cadet Alice Macintyre-Beon and Ian Taggart.

A poignant ceremony was held in Milngavie precinct last Saturday when East Dunbartonshire Provost Una Walker helped to raise The Armed Forces Day flag.

The Provost was presented with the flag before it was raised by a cadet from the local Army Cadet Force Detachment, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Members of the Royal British Legion Scotland, Milngavie and Bearsden branch, army cadets, police, fire and rescue and the Scottish Ambulance Service were there.

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 was especially important as 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. This year also marks the end of combat operations in Afghanistan and the return of many of our troops.

“Britain’s Armed Forces do a remarkable job, 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 turn-out of the community.”

A charitable collection by the Royal British Legion for numerous Forces charities that they support will be held this Saturday (June 28) - Armed Forces Day - and the flag will fly until Monday, June 30.