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Ribble Valley Flies the Flag for Armed Forces

Ribble Valley Mayor Michael Ranson and members of the Clitheroe Army Cadet Corps Published Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Ribble Valley Borough Council is flying the flag for the armed forces this week.

The Armed Forces Day flag was raised at Clitheroe Castle by Ribble Valley Mayor Michael Ranson during a ceremony marking the event, which takes place this Saturday (28 June).

The flag has also been raised at famous landmarks and Government buildings across the UK, including 10 Downing Street and the Ministry of Defence.

Around the country local authorities, town and parish councils and communities large and small are showing their support for British servicemen and women.

Michael Ranson said: “The respect and appreciation shown on Armed Forces Day by people up and down the country goes a long way in sustaining the high morale of the armed forces.

“We are delighted and honoured to be flying the Armed Forces Day flag from the iconic Clitheroe Castle Keep.”

Since 2009, Armed Forces Day has been marked annually with events large and small throughout the UK, and this year’s celebrations will include a major commemoration in the City of Stirling, Scotland.

Ribble Valley Borough Council launched an Armed Forces Community Covenant on Armed Forces Day last year.

The covenant marked the borough’s pledge to support servicemen and women living in the borough, nurture public understanding and awareness of issues affecting service personnel, recognise the sacrifices faced by the armed forces and promote activities aimed at integrating service personnel into the community.

It was signed by civic leaders and representatives of the armed forces, Ribble Valley Homes, the Royal British Legion and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

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