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Armed Forces Day

Military organisations are celebrating Armed Forces Day.

It focuses on those who are currently serving, by raising awareness and showing support for the contribution they and their families make.

There are events today (Saturday 28th June) in Carlisle, Workington, Cockermouth and Stranraer.

  • Cockermouth:11.00 to 14.00 at Victori Hall, High Sand Lane
  • Workington: 10.45am to midnight at the Royal British Legion Club, St John's Court
  • Carlisle: 10.00 to 16.00 on the pedestrianised area
  • Stranraer: 12.00 to 22.00 at Agnew Park

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Council 'delighted' to fly the flag for Armed Forces Week

Eden District Council have expressed their pride at being involved in Armed Forces Week commemorations.

The council raised a flag at Penrith Town Hall earlier today to mark the start of the events, and were joined by members of the Royal British Legion.

"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."

– Council Chairman John Thompson.

"As a previous member of Her Majesty's forces I know that it is always a morale booster to know that you have the support of the general public whilst carrying out your duty to your country.

"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."

– The Reverend John Oliver, President of Penrith and District Branch Royal British Legion

Penrith flying the flag for Armed Forces week

People in Penrith have taken part in a flag raising ceremony at the town hall to mark the start of Armed Forces Week.

Events are taking place across the country this week in the run up to National Armed Forces Day on Saturday 28 June.

The flag was raised in Penrith today to mark the start of Armed Forces Week. Credit: Eden District Council

The chairman of Eden District Council, John Thompson, today raised the Armed Forces Day flag with David Stonehouse, Chairman of The Penrith and District Branch of The Royal British Legion.

Armed Forces Week begins

Members of the armed forces will come together across the country Credit: ITV Border

Parades and flag-raising ceremonies are set to take place this across our region for Armed Forces Week.

Cadets, serving troops and veterans will be just some of those in attendance. The annual event celebrates and remembers soldiers past and present. Armed Forces Day takes place on Saturday 28 June.

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After leaving the army, Alistair Hodgson became the first double amputee to skydive.

Now, he does it for Great Britain and he has been to Downing Street to raise awareness, saying more needs to be done to help injured soldiers.

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Full report: Course for children of fallen soldiers

A group of children from all over the UK have come together at an outward bound centre in the Lake District.

But what makes this holiday special is they all have one thing in common - each has lost a parent who was serving in the armed forces.

The charity, the Forces Children's Trust, has been set up to help those who are often overlooked when there are casualties and bereavements - the children of those who have died.

Andy Burn reports.

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