A flag raising ceremony to mark the start of Armed Forces Day celebrations, was held on 24 June at Sandhurst Memorial Park.
Distinguished guests and members of the armed forces, local schools and members of the public were invited to attend the event organised by Sandhurst Town Council with support from Bracknell Forest Council.
Armed Forces Day is the annual national campaign that gives everyone the opportunity to show their support for the Armed Forces past and present, including currently serving troops, service families, reservists, veterans and cadets.
Speeches were given by Cllr Pauline McKenzie, Mayor of the borough of Bracknell Forest; Cllr Paul Bettison OBE, leader of the council and Armed Forces Champion; and Lt. Col. Chris Boryer MBE, station commander, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
Cllr McKenzie, Mayor of the borough of Bracknell Forest, said:
It's an honour to be a part of the Armed Forces Day flag raising event with members of our armed forces who represent the very best that this country stands for.
“In the year of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you on behalf of the borough of Bracknell Forest for everything the armed forces do and have done. I would also like to thank the school children and members of the public who also attended to honour our armed forces.”
The event was attended by Mrs Felicity Rutland, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire and the Mayors of Bracknell Forest, Bracknell Town and Sandhurst. Also in attendance were representatives from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst; Surrey Heath Veterans and Families - Listening Project; public services students from Bracknell and Wokingham College; and school pupils from St Michael’s CE Primary School and Uplands Primary School as well as members of the public.
This years Armed Forces Day is on Saturday, 29 June, but to mark the start of celebrations the Armed Forces Day flag was raised on famous landmarks and buildings around the country, including Bracknell Forest Council’s Time Square building, on Monday, 24 June.