FLY THE FLAG:
Support the troops on Armed Forces Day
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