Flag flies proudly on special day
THE Armed Forces flag was raised in Middleton to mark Armed Forces Day.
Services to mark the special occasion were held throughout the borough.
Hundreds of soldiers, veterans, dependants, councillors and dignitaries turned out to pay tribute to past and present members of the Armed Forces family.
Councillor Alan McCarthy, the council’s lead member for the Armed Forces, said: “We are proud of our Armed Forces community. The flag raising day was an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to the sacrifices thousands of men and women have made to protect our freedom and liberty.
“It was fantastic to see so many people marking such an historic day. Lest we forget.”
Peter Clegg, chairman of the Rochdale branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “The sacrifice made by so many will never be forgotten. Raising the Armed Forces flag and celebrating our Armed Forces family helps raise awareness across our community.
“It was a moving moment when the flag was raised to the emotive sound of the buglers playing the Last Post.”
The council signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2012.