Monday, 22 June marked the start of North Lincolnshire Armed Forces week, leading up to our virtual Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27 June 2020.
The Armed Forces Day flag will fly all week outside Church Square House in Scunthorpe, in honour of those that are serving or have served and their families as well as cadets and reservists.
Denise Hyde, Chief Executive of North Lincolnshire Council pays tribute to our Armed Forces community in North Lincolnshire:
“Today we say thank you to the Armed Forces community in North Lincolnshire by raising our flag ahead of Armed Forces Day 2020. In raising the flag we are honouring the service and contribution of Armed Forces personnel, veterans, reservists, cadets and their families.
“Although this year is different, we continue to honour and remember them and say thank you to all those who continue to serve and have served in the past.
“North Lincolnshire Council is proud to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and to deliver on our pledge to ensure that no one is disadvantaged for having served in the Armed Forces. We will continue to offer our full support to all of the Armed Forces family and champion the contribution they make to both the country and our local area.
“Please join us on Saturday 27 June as we salute our forces and celebrate at home with our virtual Armed Forces Day.”
Due to current social distancing guidelines, the Armed Forces flag was raised privately by the Mayor of North Lincolnshire Cllr Jonathon Evison with Captain Wayne Eynon and Warrant Officer Class 2 Jon Jones of 146 Divisional Support Company REME also present.
Watching over the flag raising was Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council and Cllr Elaine Marper, Armed Forces Champion. Larger group shots in the video are taken from last year’s flag raising event.
Last year saw 4,000 visitors to Armed Forces Day in North Lincolnshire, although this year will be different, you can show your support by checking North Lincolnshire Council’s social media channels for our virtual Armed Forces Day.
You can join in and post your photos of how you are celebrating at home and say thank you using the hashtag #ArmedForcesDay.