Ribble Valley Mayor Coun Michael Ranson and members of the Clitheroe Army Cadet Corps raised the flag at Clitheroe Castle to mark this Saturday’s Armed Forces Day.
Around the country local authorities, town and parish councils and communities large and small are showing their support for British servicemen and women.
Coun. Ranson said: “The respect and appreciation shown on Armed Forces Day by people up and down the country goes a long way in sustaining the high morale of the armed forces. We are delighted and honoured to be flying the Armed Forces Day flag from the iconic Clitheroe Castle keep.”
Since 2009, Armed Forces Day has been marked annually with events large and small throughout the UK. The flag has been raised at famous landmarks and Government buildings across the UK, including 10 Downing Street and the Ministry of Defence.
Last year on Armed Forces Day, Ribble Valley Borough Council launched an Armed Forces Community Covenant, marking the borough’s pledge to support servicemen and women living in the borough. It was signed by civic leaders and representatives of the armed forces, Ribble Valley Homes, the Royal British Legion and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau. The Covenant aims to nurture public understanding and awareness of issues affecting service personnel, recognise the sacrifices faced by the armed forces and promote activities aimed at integrating service personnel into the community.