The town’s mayor, Gloria Copley, led members of the local community – including The Royal British Legion and local cadets – in commemorating Armed Forces Day at Wellington War Memorial on Saturday.
Joining thousands across the UK in recognising the contribution made by Service personnel past and present, Councillor Copley said, “We owe our freedom in Britain today to the sacrifices of the men who served in two World Wars.
“We support the men and women who are currently serving abroad, many of them returning to Britain wounded, maimed or mentally damaged and we think of families who have been bereaved. We gather on Armed Forces Day to acknowledge the sacrifice that our servicemen are prepared to make in order that we can live in safety.”
Before laying a wreath, she put the service of the UK Armed Forces into a contemporary context: “In the wider world they are busy delivering aid, tackling drug smuggling and fighting terrorism. They strive to bring peace and security to a violent war-torn world. In Afghanistan they are working with other countries to bring stability, to help ensure a safer Britain and world.”
The City of Nottingham has been chosen to host this year’s Armed Forces Day national event. The Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force will put on a spectacular display for the city. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, is currently in Afghanistan on a visit timed to coincide with Armed Forces Day.
Report & Photos: Gill Paltridge