Flying the flag for all of our military heroes

One of the first people to land in time for D-Day proudly raised the Armed Forces Day flag in Market Square on Monday.

Tich Rayner, a former member of D Company, 2nd Battalion, the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire light infantry emerged from a glider to fight in the key Second World War battle.

And the veteran received a hero’s welcome at the ceremony, which was also attended by serving personnel from RAF Halton and local dignitaries.

Mr Rayner, Sergeant in Glider 4 Platoon, was among the first of the D-Day landings, said he considered it an honour to raise the flag.

Seventy years ago this year Tich was facing enemy fire and took a wound to his arm in the harrowing events which he said had stayed with him throughout his life.

Buckinghamshire County Council Chairman Zahir 
Mohammed said: ‘We’re proud to raise the Armed Forces Day flag today to commemorate and give thanks to our Armed Forces Family, many of whom are currently serving on operations in Afghanistan.

“Our thoughts are with them and their families as the whole nation joins together this week to pay tribute to them.’

Buckinghamshire’s Lord Lieutenant, Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher, who took the salute, said: ‘This is more than a simple flag-raising.

“This ceremony marks our heartfelt thanks to those in the county who currently serve, have served, or will serve in the armed forces.

“And it celebrates our very close links in Buckinghamshire between the armed 
services and local communities.’