Stevenage Mayor, Councillor Pam Stuart, was joined by fellow councillors, Stephen McPartland MP, representatives of the Royal British Legion and local ex-service personnel to raise the Armed Forces Day flag at Daneshill House on Monday 19 June.
Armed Forces Day, which is marked this year on Saturday 24 June, aims to raise awareness of the contributions and sacrifices made by current and former members of the armed services. This day also allows us to show support for the thousands of men and women who make up the armed forces community, from serving troops and service families to veterans and cadets.
Following the flag raising at 10am, the Mayor hosted a coffee morning for veterans and local community groups.
Cllr Pam Stuart, Mayor of Stevenage, said: “Our armed forces risk their lives to keep us safe so it is only right that we do all we can to support them. Stevenage has such a strong community spirit and events like Armed Forces Day allow us to all come together and celebrate their commitment to our country.”
The Royal British Legion, Army Cadets North and Royal Air Force will be in Stevenage Town Square on Saturday 24 June to celebrate the occasion and talk about the Armed Forces. Stevenage Indoor Market is also supporting Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24 June and families can enjoy free face painting, Armed Forces Day cupcakes, balloons, and arts and crafts. A treasure hunt with a prize for every child, and a prize draw for adults is also on offer. Free parking will be available in St George’s Way from 8am to 6pm in the multi-storey above the Indoor Market.