Plymouth flying the flag for armed forces

The Armed Forces Day flag was raised outside Plymouth Guildhall this morning, marking the start of the national Armed Forces Week.

While the usual event attended by cadets and military personnel could not take place, the flag was raised during a small, socially distanced ceremony attended by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth. 

WO1 Alex Orr from Naval Regional Command gave the official salute and bugler Stephen Benwell from the Drake Volunteer Band played as the flag was raised by AB Eddie McGinley.  

Plymouth City Council will be proudly flying the flag all week until the conclusion of the national Armed Forces Day celebration on Saturday 27 June.

Councillor Chris Mavin, Lord Mayor of Plymouth, said: “Although it’s disappointing we were unable to hold our usual flag raising ceremony, we’re pleased to be able to celebrate Armed Forces Week and show our support for the military.

“Plymouth has a long, proud military history and this is an opportunity for us all to say thank you – to serving personnel, reservists, veterans and cadet for all the hard work they do. It’s also an opportunity for us to remember those who have sadly lost their lives in service.”

Although there is no physical event this year, people are encouraged to show their support from home and visit the Plymouth Armed Forces Day website.

The website includes a huge range of information about the past, present and future of Plymouth’s military, including fascinating videos from The Box’s archive.

There’s also information about the diverse range of career opportunities available, as well as details of a number of charities and support organisations that offer help to veterans on a wide range of issues.

Discover all of this and more at: plymoutharmedforcesday.co.uk.