North Lincolnshire Council is celebrating Armed Forces Day this month with events and tributes to the brave men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.
Armed Forces Day is on 26 June, and as always we will be raising the flag in honour of those who are serving or have served, along with their families, cadets and reservists.
As celebrations need to comply with current restrictions, we will be featuring a host of virtual events, including videos from those who have served, a specially planted flowerbed in Scunthorpe’s Central Park and walks that take in some of our region’s rural war memorials.
We will also be showcasing an interactive trail at Normanby Country Park, paying tribute to our local Reserves at 146 Divisional Support Company REME and streaming free live bootcamp sessions.
We have already launched our young people’s acrostic poem competition, with a top prize of a £50 high street voucher as well as a £50 book voucher for their school. The closing date is 7 June 2021 and more information is available on our website.
Cllr Elaine Marper, Armed Forces Champion, paid tribute to our Armed Forces community across North Lincolnshire:
“We owe so much to our Armed Forces, and I am proud of the fact that North Lincolnshire Council will be celebrating Armed Forces Day despite the current restrictions.
“I would urge everyone to get involved by following our events on Facebook on 26 June, sending us pictures of yourself, friends, families and colleagues saluting, and by displaying flags and posters showing your support.”
North Lincolnshire Council is a proud supporter of the Armed Forces, having been awarded a Gold standard from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme in 2020.
We work with military partners, charities and public sector organisations to support those who are currently serving or have served and their families, under the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, to which the council has signed up.
The Armed Forces Covenant ensures that anyone who has served in HM Armed Forces is not disadvantaged for having done so.
More information on Armed Forces Day, including downloadable posters and bunting, can be found on the Armed Forces Day 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.