To mark the start of Armed Forces Day celebrations, a ceremonial flag raising took place on Thursday, 24 June.
Armed Forces Day is the annual national campaign that gives everyone the opportunity to show their support for the armed forces, both past and present, including currently serving troops, service families, reservists, veterans and cadets.
The flag raising ceremony was held at Sandhurst Memorial Park, where distinguished guests and armed forces personnel were invited to attend the event organised by Sandhurst Town Council on behalf of, and with support from Bracknell Forest Council.
Speeches were given by Cllr Ash Merry, Mayor of the borough of Bracknell Forest; Cllr Paul Bettison OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council and Armed Forces Champion; and Lt. Col. Sam Hull, Station Commander, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
Cllr Merry, Mayor 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.
“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 particularly in this last year. I would also like to thank all those who attended this event and showed their support to honour our armed forces.”
The event was attended by the Mayors of Bracknell Forest, Bracknell Town and Sandhurst. Also in attendance were representatives from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Bracknell Forest Council. The ceremony was a smaller scale than past years and held under the latest government guidelines, and all restrictions were adhered to.
This years Armed Forces Day is on Saturday, 26 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, 21 June.