The flag is flying high for Armed Forces Day tomorrow (Saturday 26 June) in honour of those who are serving or have served and their families as well as cadets and reservists.
The Armed Forces flag was raised at a special ceremony by the Mayor of North Lincolnshire Cllr Peter Clark with the Mayor’s chaplain, Rev Enid Knowles and deputy chief executive of North Lincolnshire Council, Simon Green.
Watching over the event were Captain Terry Reilly, 146 Divisional Support Company REME (146 DS Coy REME), Lieutenant Colonel Guy Balmer, Deputy Naval Regional Commander Northern England & Isle of Man and Flying Officer (RAF AFC) Nigel Price along with Scunthorpe MP Holly Mumby Croft and Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council.
On parade were representatives from RAF Scampton, the Army Cadet Force, RAF Air Cadets and Sea Cadets as well as local veterans from across North Lincolnshire, led by Sergeant Jon Jones (146 DS Coy REME).
As well as the flag raising, the event marked the unveiling of specially planted flower beds paying tribute to those who have served, and a plaque with a quote from Captain Sir Tom Moore stating: ‘Tomorrow will be a good day’.
We will be celebrating Armed Forces Day virtually on our Facebook page, where you will be able to see the flag raising, find out the winners of our children’s poetry competition and hear from members of the Armed Forces who have made the move into civilian life.
We will also be highlighting our Reserves, 146 Divisional Support Company REME, as well as our local Cadets.
We will also share details of how you can get involved in supporting our Armed Forces, from becoming a Reserve to selling poppies for Remembrance.
There are also a number of fun family events taking place this weekend, including:
- Armed Forces Day trail at Normanby Hall Country Park on June 26
- Build your own wooden craft glider at North Lincolnshire Museum (June 26 – 27)
- Make a Treasure Map with invisible ink at 20-21 Visual Arts Gallery (26 June)
- Picnic ‘n’ Paint activity at Waters’ Edge Visitors Centre & Country Park, Barton (June 26)
We have also put together a series of specially designed North Lincolnshire Armed Forces Day walking maps which take in the scenery of our towns and village as well as war memorials dedicated to our local service men and women.
You can download the maps from the Armed Forces Covenant page on our website.
You can find out more about how we honour the Armed Forces Covenant on the Armed Forces pages of our website, where support is available for our local Armed Forces community.
More information on Armed Forces Day, including downloadable posters and bunting, can be found on the official Armed Forces Day website.