Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Flag Raising Day
Last Monday, 20 June, was Armed Forces Flag Raising day in Guildhall Yard. Guildhall was not the only venue for this ceremony, flag raising was going on all over the country last Monday. It is an event to recognise the contribution made to our country by those who serve or have served in the armed forces. It is an opportunity to demonstrate support for the men and women who make up the armed forces from currently serving troops to service families and from veterans to cadets.
It was a grand ceremony with representative contingents from all the services as well as cadets and, of course, a military band. The Lord Mayor and Sheriffs were there in full robes and the Lord Mayor spoke eloquently of the debt owed to those who serve in the various branches of the services. With immaculate timing, as the clock struck noon, the flag you see above was raised over Guildhall. As one of the crowd of onlookers I then had to slip away as, like the Lord Mayor I was due at the City Livery Club Lunch.