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Flag raising ceremony at County Hall celebrates our armed forces

The event was held at County Hall to honour service personnel

Armed Forces Day flag raising
Armed Forces Day flag raising

A flag raising ceremony was held at Leicestershire County Council’s headquarters ahead of Armed Forces Day to show support for all our service personnel.

The short service took place at County Hall’s Stand Easy memorial at 10.30am on Monday 20 June. The ceremony included a welcome by Leicestershire County Council Chairman, Dr Kevin Feltham, and an address by the Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Mike Kapur OBE.

The Armed Forces Day flag was then raised by Highways Operations Manager Darren Watret, who served in the Army for 25 years.

His service has seen him posted around the world, including tours in Germany, Northern Ireland, Kuwait, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Guests included current members of the armed forces, veterans, cadets and representatives from the Royal British Legion, as well as 60 pupils from The Hall Primary School in Glenfield will took part in the ceremony, reading the poem “I Must Return” by Sergeant Frank J Wawrynovic.

It is a great honour and privilege to be part of this national event to honour our armed forces and to show our appreciation for their vital service and dedication.

Armed Forces Day is a way for us to join with people across the country to show our support for those men and women who currently serve and to remember those who have served in the past.

The Armed Forces Day flag will continue to fly at County Hall until after the national Armed Forces Day on Saturday 25 June.

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