Published Monday, 22 June 2020
The Mayor of Waverley, Councillor Penny Marriott, showed her support as the Armed Forces Day Flag was raised outside the council offices in celebration of Armed Forces Day (Saturday 27 June).
Owing to the coronavirus outbreak, Armed Forces Day celebrations have been scaled back this year and the council did not hold a ceremony to accompany the traditional raising of the flag on Monday 22 June, to mark the beginning of Armed Forces Week.
In order to maintain social distancing, the Mayor and her Consort, Councillor Peter Marriot, marked the occasion accompanied only by Petty Officer Jemma Mugridge, representing the Farnham Sea Cadets – one of the Mayor’s chosen charities.
Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for people to show their support for the men and women of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force, both past and present and for their families.
While the National Armed Forces Day Event has been cancelled and many local events have also been affected, the organisers are encouraging us all to get involved by flying the flag, putting up bunting, joining in on Facebook or Twitter and using the hashtag: #SaluteOurForces.
The Mayor said: “In the difficult times that we find ourselves, I think it is more important than ever to recognise the fantastic and selfless work the UK Armed Forces do to make the world safer for us – and to provide a much needed morale boost by showing our support for them and their families.
“Right now our service men and women are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, providing security and fighting terrorism. Let’s show them how much they are appreciated by celebrating this Armed Forces Day and if you can, by making a donation to a charity that supports our troops, veterans or their families”.