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Armed Forces

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 serving.   

 

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.

 

“We serve to protect”

 

Bedford Borough Council signed an Armed Forces Covenant in 2012.

Armed Forces Covenant:

The 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

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