Events are taking place ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29th June. At 10 am, Allerdale Borough Council have organised a short parade and flag raising ceremony at Allerdale House in Workington. A specially commissioned Armed Forces Day flag will be raised at Kendal Town Hall at 11.30 am.
A formal flag-raising ceremony will take place at the Old Town Hall in Carlisle at 12.00 pm and a flag will be raised at 2 pm at Penrith Town Hall.
The town of Coldstream in the Scottish Borders has been marking Armed Forces Day. Hundreds turned out for the Parade of Colours which also raised money for a charity helping homeless former soldiers. It's the fourth time a parade has taken place in the town.
The parents of Guardsman Michael Sweeney from Blyth, who served with the Coldstream Guards, and was killed in Afghanistan in 2010 were special guests. His mother Kim said parades and fundraising for soldiers 'helped keep his memory alive'.
A flag raising ceremony has taken place in Penrith the raise awareness for Armed Forces day this coming Saturday. It coincided with similar events acros the UK.
Council Chairman Keith Morgan said:
“We are always delighted to proudly fly the flag to celebrate Armed Forces Day, which symbolises the contribution the Armed Forces have and continue to make to our country.
"We are delighted that members of The Royal British Legion joined with Eden Councillors, many of whom proudly served in HM Armed Forces to mark the occasion,”
The Reverend John Oliver, President of Penrith and District Branch Royal British Legion said. “As a previous member of Her Majesty’s forces I know that it is always a moral booster to know that you have the support of the general public whilst carrying out your duty to your country."
He added: "Showing our support in this way and continuing as we the Members of the Royal British Legion do, to stand Shoulder to Shoulder with all who Serve and have served we show our appreciation for the difficult tasks that our Armed Forces are asked to perform on our behalf.”