Armed Forces Day will be commemorated in Wellington on Saturday 25 June at 10am when Wellington Mayor Bob Bowrah and members of the Town Council lay a wreath at the town’s war memorial in Wellington Park. Members of the Royal British Legion Wellington Branch and the Army Cadet Force will accompany the Mayor.
The Royal British Legion Garden of Remembrance will be dedicated and the ashes of remembrance crosses scattered. St John’s Rector, Rev. Tim Treanor and Chairman of the Royal British Legion Wellington Branch, Ray Filler, will deliver prayers and exhortations.
The commemoration this year marks the centenary of the Battles of Jutland and the Somme which resulted in nearly 400,000 deaths of naval and army personnel from both sides of the conflict and an even greater number of casualties.
Armed Forces Day aims to raise awareness of the contribution by those who serve and have served in HM Armed Forces and to provide an opportunity for the nation to show their support.
Councillor Bowrah said: “The Town Council wanted to formally express its gratitude and respect to the men and women who have served and are serving our country. We recognise the work our service men and women have carried out and wish to also show our support to those who are still serving.”
Residents and visitors who would like to mark the occasion are welcome to join the Mayor for the ceremony. The Friends of Wellington Park are providing seating for veterans. Please contact Councillor Peter Critchard on 01823 668698 if required.
For more information about Armed Forces Day log onto the website at www.armedforcesday.org.uk