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Posted On: 24-06-2019
Posted In: Community

Councillors Les Cruwys and Colin Slade with members of the armed forces raising the flag on Armed Forces Day

The Armed Forces Day flag was raised on Monday 24 June in front of Phoenix House, Tiverton, by Chairman of Mid Devon District Council, in unison with ceremonies at more than 450 local councils.

The event marks the commencement of events leading to Armed Forces Day on Saturday, 29 June and serves to demonstrate the community’s respect and gratitude for members of the Armed Forces and their families, veterans, reservists and cadets.

The ceremony was led by newly elected Chairman, Councillor Les Cruwys and attended by elected members, officers and civic dignitaries, including the Mayor of Tiverton, Councillor Colin Slade.

Cllr Cruwys drew on personal connections to the armed forces and also expressed his appreciation to a new generation joining the services.

Cllr Cruwys said:

“My own grandparents had seven sons and of the six that reached adulthood all became members of the varied Armed Forces: Navy, Air Force and Army. At one time, they had four sons who were held prisoners and a fifth one who survived Dunkirk. What they must have gone through over those years I cannot imagine.
“Today is not about celebrating the life of any one hero, but about recognising all who have served, past, present and future. To see so many young people joining cadets and youth groups is reassuring for us old ones to know that we have young people in our midst that are willing to take on danger and oppression to keep us safe.”

Stephen Walford, Mid Devon District Council Chief Executive, added:

“This is our chance to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets”.

The flag will be flown throughout the week leading to the National Day of celebration on 29 June.