This coming Saturday (24th June) is Armed Forces Day 2017.
Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.
There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved, Armed Forces Day celebrations begin on Monday 19 June when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks across the country, and whilst not quite a famous landmark (as far as anyone not local may be concerned), Glossop’s Norfolk Square was the venue in the north of the High Peak, for us to show our support this lunch time when the Armed Forces Day flag was raised.
In a short ceremony, attended by local residents the Mayor of the High Peak Councillor Matthew Stone, raised the Armed Forces Day flag, repeating an event which had taken place in Buxton earlier in the day.
Whilst unfortunately on the day itself, there is no High Peak based event taking place, the Armed Forces Day website, has a number of events taking place nearby, including events in Denton, Manchester and Salford or if you fancy a trip to the Yorkshire side of the hills events in Penistone and Batley.
The flag will remain flying for the rest of the week, and is a small way of showing tribute to the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces and there families, but did you know that there is also the Armed Forces Covenant which outlines how the Government, businesses and communities support Armed Forces personnel past and present throughout the year? You can find out more about the covenant by clicking here.
You can see a few pictures from the Ceremony below and more at https://flic.kr/s/aHskXqMUmC