Flag flies proudly on spe­cial day

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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