Armed Forces Day - Raising the Flag

James Brokenshire has paid tribute to the commitment and dedication of personnel working in the armed services as Armed Forces Day was marked in Bexley.

Armed Forces Day is Saturday 25 June 2011 and is an annual opportunity for the nation to show its support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families and from veterans to cadets.

Mr Brokenshire joined the Mayor of Bexley, the Leader of the Council, Major Andrew Church and Major David Hewer OBE for a ceremony to raise a special Armed Forces Day flag outside the Civic offices in Bexleyheath. The Flag was raised by Staff Sergeant Adam Wilkie, who is the Squadron Permanent Staff Instructor 265 (Kent and County of London Yeomanry Sharpshooters) who has been in active duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo and Northern Ireland.

Commenting on the event James Brokenshire said:
“Armed Forces Day provides an important opportunity for us to pay tribute to service personnel for everything they do on our behalf. They put their lives on the line to protect us. I welcome the fact that Bexley is supporting Armed Forces Day and supporting those who serve in our navy, air-force and army.”



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