Grantham raises flag to support Armed Forces Day
Guests gathered for a flag raising ceremony to mark Armed Forces Day on Monday.
Civic leaders and councillors were joined by members of the Armed Forces and Sleaford and North Hykeham MP Dr Caroline Johnson, for the ceremony outside South Kesteven District Council’s (SKDC) civic suite on St Peters Hill.
They were welcomed by SKDC chairman, Coun George Chivers.
He said: “Quite rightly, we remember the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women in the two Great Wars. But since 1945, this nation has been involved in 17 other wars and conflicts, Korea, Borneo, Aden, Malaya, Northern Ireland and the Falklands to name just a few. Many of these have become the “Forgotten Wars” - perhaps forgotten by many, but not by us.
“The British population owes a huge debt of gratitude to the Armed Services, whether they be current serving personnel or veterans.”
Lt Col Alex Forsyth, representing Prince William of Gloucester Barracks, added: “The world has always been a dangerous place but it is becoming increasingly more uncertain and the threats to the UK and our allies are increasing and constantly evolving.
“It is important that the UK society understand the role of the Armed Forces and support them and their mission. Armed Forces Day and this flag raising ceremony is one way for the UK society to continue to connect with the Armed Forces and recognise their contribution”
The Last Post was played by Grantham College student and bugler Chris Standen and the flag was raised by Liam Culhane, one of a group of cadets from the Kings School Combined Cadet Force.
Father Stuart Cradduck, offered a prayer of thanksgiving.
The flag will remain flying until National Armed Forces Day tomorrow (Saturday)