Aylesbury flies the flag for our brave troops

Flag ceremony for Armed Forces Day outside County Hall in Aylesbury
Flag ceremony for Armed Forces Day outside County Hall in Aylesbury
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A special flag was raised outside County Hall in Aylesbury on Wednesday in the lead-up to Saturday’s National Armed Forces Day.

War veterans, dignitaries and onlookers gathered what has become an annual event.

Personnel from 7 Rifles formed the flag raising party for the event and were led by Captain Bill Holland of E Company.

The Reverend Mark Ackford, team vicar at St Mary’s Church read out a prayer of support for serviceman past and present.

County council chairman Marion Clayton said: “It is really fitting that the whole nation joins together in thanking all the members of the Armed Forces and their families, past, present and future, not only in Armed Forces Week but throughout the year for the work and the dedication that they show to this country on our behalf.”

Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, who took the salute as the flag was being raised, said: “The UK Armed Forces are busy working worldwide promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smuggling, providing security and fighting terrorism. There are many men and women from the county who are part of these armed forces risking their lives for their country in a wide range of roles. It is therefore important and appropriate that we recognise Armed Forces Day and I am honoured to have taken part.”