CAMBRIDGE residents are being asked to show their appreciation during Armed Forces Week (24-29 June) for the men and women across the city and the county who are serving, or have served, in the military.
Cambridge City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council are two of the signatories to The Armed Forces Covenant, a commitment from public and private organisations to support the active and retired Armed Forces community.
Armed Forces Week is a chance to show support for currently serving troops, including reservists, as well as veterans, cadets and their families.
On Monday 24 June, Cambridge City Council’s representative on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Military Covenant Board, Cllr Mike Davey, will join the Chairman of the County Council Cllr Mac McGuire, and Colonel Roger Herriot OBE, Deputy Lieutenant and President of the Cambridgeshire Royal British Legion, for a flag raising event at Shire Hall.
Cllr Davey said: “As a signatory to the Armed Forces Covenant, the city council is honoured and privileged to commemorate Armed Forces Week and recognise the brave men and women who serve, or have served, their country.
“In Armed Forces Week it is important to reflect upon the sacrifices they have made and in raising awareness to ensure they are given the community support they so richly deserve.
“We have recently developed an action plan to back up our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, and are applying for Bronze status in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.
“The plan sets out a range of ways in which the council will raise awareness of the support that is on offer from a wide range of organisations, as well as look at how our services can better support ex-military personal and their families.”
Cllr Mac McGuire, Chairman of the Armed Forces Covenant Board in Cambridgeshire and chairman of the County Council said: “We are committed as a board to working with our partners to raise awareness of our Armed Forces Community and remove the disadvantage they may face due to their service.
“The board works tirelessly to implement strategies across the county to ensure that the covenant aims are upheld. The recent covenant project, funded by the Covenant Fund Trust, has given us resource to drive forward the covenant agenda to better the lives of our military community past and present.
“At the start of Armed Forces week we will be raising the flag in recognition of all our service community do for our country, with various events being undertaken across the county to mark Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29 June.”