Cer­e­mony to honour Armed Forces Day

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WEST Lan­cashire will honour the ser­vice and sac­ri­fices made by our ser­vice men and women at a spe­cial event on Mon­day, June 19, to com­mem­o­rate Armed Forces Day.

The Min­istry of De­fence flag will be raised at the War Memo­rial in Corona­tion Park in Orm­skirk.

The cer­e­mony will be at­tended by ser­vice vet­er­ans; Deputy Lieu­tenant of Lan­cashire Mrs Gail Stan­ley; the Mayor of West Lan­cashire, Cllr Neil Furey, and May­oress Julie Furey; chief ex­ec­u­tive of West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil, Kim Web­ber; and bor­ough coun­cil­lors.

Lo­cal uni­formed groups will also be at the event.

Peo­ple liv­ing and work­ing in West Lan­cashire are in­vited to come along and pay their re­spects.

Skelmers­dale Prize Band will per­form from 4.45pm be­fore the cer­e­mony of­fi­cially starts at 5pm when Fr Michael Thomp­son, the Mayor’s Chap­lain, will say a short prayer.

Mrs Stan­ley will for­mally present the flag to the Mayor of West Lan­cashire.

Cllr Furey will say the fol­low­ing: “We are hon­oured to re­ceive this flag as a tribute to all our Armed Ser­vices, who have served in the past and are serv­ing to­day. It is with pride that the bor­ough of West Lan­cashire shows its sup­port by ded­i­cat­ing this mo­ment to them.

“We trust that this cer­e­mony will be re­mem­bered with warmth and af­fec­tion by all men and women who are serv­ing or have served the Colours.”

A vet­eran will then give the fol­low­ing tribute: “To­day, we have great pride in pay­ing tribute to the men and women who de­fend Bri­tain.

“To­day we also re­mem­ber the sac­ri­fices made by the vet­er­ans of con­flict.

“I hope that you will all join me to­day in pay­ing ho­mage to our Armed Forces past and present who serve our coun­try each day with pride and dig­nity.”

The flag will then be raised with the as­sis­tance of a cadet.

Skelmers­dale Prize Band will play mu­sic as the flag is raised.

The cer­e­mony is ex­pected to be com­pleted by 5.20pm.

Cllr Furey said: “It will be a great priv­i­lege for me to take part in this spe­cial cer­e­mony as we pay tribute to vet­er­ans and those who are cur­rently serv­ing in our armed forces.

“I hope many peo­ple will join us on this mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion.”

Cllr NEIL FUREY, Mayor of West Lan­cashire

Vet­er­ans joined in the pa­rade in South­port for Armed Forces Day 2016 DAVE BROWN of Dave Brown Pho­tog­ra­phy

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