West Lindsey District Council today raised a flag to mark Armed Forces Day outside the Guildhall in Gainsborough.
Chairman of the Council, Cllr Stephen Bunney raised the flag at 10am in Marshall’s Yard, accompanied by the Gainsborough RAF Air Cadets 203, and the Revd David Cotton.
Cllr Bunney showed his appreciation and support for the significant day. He said:
“It is a real privilege to remember and support our Armed Forces at our flag raising today. It is encouraging to see the Gainsborough RAF Air Cadets carrying the tradition of service to our country.”
Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.
Flight Officer Wiloughby from RAFAC (Royal Air Force Air Cadets) delivered a speech, followed by a prayer from the Revd David Cotton and a poem from West Lindsey District Council Data Protection Officer, John Bingham.
In the speech, Flight Officer Wiloughby explained that as an Air Cadet, she was honoured to commemorate Armed Forces Day. She said:
“Our armed forces have always been made up of young people, who have answered the call to serve their country with courage and dedication. As Air Cadets, we are proud to be part of this legacy of service to our country. We are committed to upholding the values of the Royal Air Force, and to living our lives in a way that reflects the courage, discipline, and dedication of those who have served before us.”
Also attending the flag raising was Leader of the Council, Cllr Trevor Young; Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Rollings; Cllr Tom Smith; Cllr Liz Clews, Cllr Lynda Mullally, Cllr Karen Carless, Cllr Jeanette McGhee, Mr Lee Hayton, RAFAC 203 (Gainsborough) Squadron Training Officer; Mr F Charlton and Standards Bearers of the Royal British Legion; and Mayor of Caistor Town Council Cllr Jon Wright.
For more information about Armed Forces Day visit here.