CAMBRIDGESHIRE residents will be showing their appreciation for men and women who are serving, or have served, in the military, to mark Armed Forces Week (22-27 June).
Cambridge City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council are both among 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.
Each Day of Armed Forces Week will see different parts of the military highlighted, culminating in the 12th annual Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27 June.
During the week the Armed Forces Day flag will be raised ‘virtually’ across the county. Cllr Mac McGuire, Chairman of the Armed Forces Covenant Board in Cambridgeshire has provided his thoughts in a video here.
Schools across the county have been invited to take part by recording their own video messages, using the hashtag #saluteourforces. These which will be shared on social media this week. One such school is Castle Camps CofE Primary in Cambridge, who created a poignant video tribute which you can see here.
Cllr Mike Davey, Cambridge City Council’s representative on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Military Covenant Board said: “Once again the city council is proud to commemorate Armed Forces Week and to recognise the great efforts and sacrifices that our military have made. Celebrations will be rather different this year of course, due to coronavirus, but I hope residents will choose to honour our Armed Forces in their own way at home.”
Cllr Mac McGuire, Chairman of the Armed Forces Covenant Board in Cambridgeshire and chairman of the County Council said: “While we not be able to get together to celebrate Armed Forces Week as we normally would, I know many of us will still take time this week to remember just how important a role our serving military, their families and our veterans play in our community, and to our country. Many of our own staff have military links, and I want to take this opportunity to honour them, and to say thank you for everything you do”.
Cambridge City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council will also be organising events in August to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day and the end of World War Two, and announcements on those will be made nearer the time.