To mark the start of Armed Forces Week on 20 June, a special flag was raised at Purbeck District Council’s offices.
Among the dignitaries attending the ceremony were Lieutenant Colonel Will Waugh, Royal Tank Regiment who is the Commanding Officer, Armoured Fighting Vehicle Gunnery School in Lulworth. He was accompanied by representatives from the Royal Navy and marines/soldiers based at Bovington and Lulworth.
Students and teachers from The Purbeck School, members of the public and council staff witnessed the raising of the flag.
Councillor Trite said, “If I may speak widely on behalf of the people of Purbeck, I express our gratitude and appreciation for all that our armed forces do for us in the course of their duty to the nation.”
On Friday 24 June, the Armour Centre and the Old Boys’ Association of the Junior Leaders’ Regiment will exercise their right to march through Purbeck in accordance with the Freedom of the District conferred on them by Purbeck District Council in 2010. Proceedings get underway in Wareham from 11.30am and people are advised to get in to town in plenty of time as the town’s roads will be closed from 11am.
The specially-commissioned Armed Forces Day flag will fly at the council’s Westport House offices until Monday 27 June.
Armed Forces Day takes place on Saturday 25 June and is an opportunity for the nation to show its support to servicemen and women past and present.
For information about all the Armed Forces events that are taking place, visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk