THE flag was raised over Redditch Town Hall on Monday ready to mark Armed Forces Day this Saturday, June 26.
Redditch has a special affinity to the armed forces, being the base for the 37th Signals Regiment and playing host to thousands of supporters on Remembrance Sunday.
And although this year’s events have been scarred by the pandemic, borough Mayor Councillor Gareth Prosser urged everyone to still show their support for the men and women who protect our way of life and who, when called upon, are prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice.
“The country would be in a sorry state of affairs if we didn’t have our armed forces and all those in uniform, from police officers and the fire service to paramedics.
“They all serve us and I truly believe our communities support them and long may it continue.
“And so I urge you all to support Armed Forces Day this Saturday, June 26.”
The Reverend Richard Clark, Team Rector Holy Trinity Redditch added: “Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to show our support for the men and women who make up the armed forces community; as churches in Redditch we stand by those who are standing by us.
“The armed forces’ professionalism, commitment and versatility have rarely been more evident than during the pandemic.
“We also remember their families, who help bear the strains and stresses of their unique work.
“As a community we are not able to gather together to celebrate in person this year, but we are able to give thanks and pray for all that they do for this community and for the nation.”