FLY THE FLAG:

Sup­port the troops on Armed Forces Day

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

ARMED Forces Day cel­e­bra­tions kicked off on Mon­day (June 22) as coun­cil dig­ni­taries and armed forces per­son­nel at­tended a flag rais­ing cer­e­mony to mark the of­fi­cial start of Armed Forces Week 2015.

Held out­side the Crown Court build­ing in Mar­ket Square, Ayles­bury, the Lord Lieu­tenant of Bucks Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, county coun­cil chair­man Bill Chap­ple and chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Wil­liams watched as the Lord Lieu­tenant’s cadets raised the of­fi­cial flag.

The cer­e­mony, to com­mem­o­rate and give thanks to armed forces per­son­nel past and present, was also watched by Bri­gadier Bill O’Leary, the as­sis­tant deputy mil­i­tary sec­re­tary, Wing Com­man­der Mor­ley and other ser­vice per­son­nel from RAF Hal­ton and 7 Ri­fles.

A large au­di­ence gath­ered as prayers were read out and a speech given by Mr Chap­ple. Mr Chap­ple said: “It’s an op­por­tu­nity to say a huge, huge thank you to all the men and women and the boys and girls who make up the armed forces com­mu­nity, past and present.”

Speak­ing af­ter the cer­e­mony Mr Wil­liams said: “It’s re­ally im­por­tant that the county coun­cil cel­e­brates and says thank you to all of our armed forces per­son­nel, to the con­tri­bu­tions that they make.”

And Mr Chap­ple, added: “A lot peo­ple take the armed ser­vices for granted. It’s wrong – they’re not just giv­ing their ca­reer, they’re giv­ing their lives, they’re pro­tect­ing and they give that will­ingly and in Great Bri­tain our armed ser­vices are sec­ond to none.”

Sir Henry said: “Come along and sup­port Buck­ing­hamshire armed ser­vices per­son­nel and their fam­i­lies to say thanks you.”

Wing com­man­der Mor­ley added: “We’re all look­ing for­ward to Satur­day very much, mainly be­cause we’re used to or­gan­is­ing these sort of things but what we’ve got here is the public that we rep­re­sent and look af­ter giv­ing their ap­pre­ci­a­tion, which is why it means so much to us.

“It makes us feel val­ued.”

PROUD: Bill Chap­ple at the Armed Forces day flag rais­ing cer­e­mony in Ayles­bury

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