War veteran raises a flag

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A war veteran from Eastwood will join the Mayor of Broxtowe to raise a specially commissioned Armed Forces Day flag to mark a week of events being held across the country.

Ashley Carlin, who served with the Royal Engineers, will join the Mayor Cllr Susan Bagshaw, to raise the flag i to recognise the contributions of all those who serve or have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

War veteran Stan Blanche, who lives in Chilwell and served with the 15th Scottish Infantry Division, will also join them at the event being held in Beeston Square on June 22 at 11am.

There will also be members of the Royal British Legion, 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group Royal Engineers, Forces in the Community, Freemen, Aldermen, past mayors, councillors and members of the public.

At the same time, local authorities and over 3,000 members of the public, businesses and schools throughout the country will also raise their own Armed Forces Day flags to honour the nation’s servicemen and women.

Armed Forces Day flags will also be flown where British servicemen and women are serving overseas, including Afghanistan, Cyprus, Germany, Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands.

This year’s Armed Forces Day will take place on Saturday June 27.

Guildford was chosen to host this year’s Armed Forces Day national event, to honour the British Armed Forces of past, present and future.

To mark the day in Guildford there will be service at Guildford Cathedral, a parade in the high street, a spectacular show at a local park and music and entertainment

The day is an annual opportunity for the nation to show its support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.

The title ‘Armed Forces Day’ has been chosen to reflect the wider Armed Forces family of serving personnel – both regular and reserve, as well as our veterans, cadet forces and the service families.

For more information, contact Broxtowe Borough Council on 0115 917 3210, email civic@broxtowe.gov.uk or visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk to see how communities are coming together across the country to commemorate Armed Forces Day.