ARMED FORCES DAY
Armed Forces Day is on Saturday 28th
June. Bedford’s flag raising event will take place at
9am, on Monday 23rd
June, at Borough Hall, and a parade,
organised by the Bedford Royal British Legion, will take place on
29th June with military personnel standing alongside
invited dignitaries at the John Howard statue, Market Square and
then onwards to Harpur Square.
The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson,
said: “Occasions such as Armed Forces Day provide an opportunity
for us to help raise awareness of the extraordinary contribution to
our country of past and present members of the Armed Forces, I am
pleased to be able to say that these events are always well
supported in Bedford, as we show our gratitude to those who have
served, and continue to serve, on our behalf.”
This year we remember the Great War of 1914 -
18, as well as the 70th Anniversary of D-Day; two
significant conflicts that took the lives of millions of service
personnel at sea, on the land and in the air.
Since then, the British Armed Forces have been
active in many conflicts and policing activities up to today’s
on-going actions. Many service men and women have paid the ultimate
sacrifice for their Sovereign and country. Many more have been
physically injured, mentally disturbed and may have lost their
families, work, friends and comrades through trauma received whilst
Armed Forces Day is intended to raise public
awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who
serve and have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces. It also gives
the nation an opportunity to show support for the men and women who
make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops
to Service families and from veterans to cadets. The Armed Forces
also play a crucial role in supporting local communities with
emergency operations in times of need.
The activities of Armed Forces Day include the
showing of that support via the flying of the Armed Forces flag,
which is raised and a flown for a week at Government Buildings.
Cities, Town and Villages organise events to show their
appreciation and gratitude.
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Bedford Borough Council signed an Armed Forces
Covenant in 2012.
Armed Forces Covenant:
Armed Forces Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of
mutual support between the civilian community and its local Armed
Forces Community. The aim of the Community Covenant is to encourage
the local community to support the Service community in their area
and promote understanding and awareness amongst the public of
issues affecting the Armed Forces Community. It is intended to be a
two-way arrangement, with the Armed Forces community encouraged to
do as much as it can to support the community and promote activity
which integrates them into civilian life.
The core principles of the Bedford Borough Armed Forces
Community Covenant are to:
· Ensure that
members of the Armed Forces community do not suffer any
disadvantages as a result of their service
· Recognise and
remember the sacrifices made by members of the Bedford Borough
Armed Forces community, particularly those who have given the most.
This includes in-Service and ex-Service personnel, Reservists,
their families and widow(er)s