CAMBRIDGE City Council will be showing its appreciation for past and present members of the military, to mark Armed Forces Week from 21 June and the 13th annual Armed Forces Day on Saturday 26 June.
To mark the occasion, the council will be flying the Armed Forces Day flag from the roof of the Guildhall throughout the week, as well as decorating the council’s Customer Service Centre on Regent Street.
Cambridge residents are being invited to join in by sending in pictures of themselves saluting as part of a social media initiative using the hashtag #SaluteOurForces to pay tribute. Pictures can be shared online on Twitter with @ArmedForcesDay, by commenting on a Facebook post at www.facebook.com/armedforcesday or by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cambridge City Council is 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 national event to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from serving troops to service families, veterans, reservists, cadets and cadet force adult volunteers.
Cllr Mike Davey, Cambridge City Council’s representative on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Military Covenant Board said: “We’re very proud to be joining in the celebrations for Armed Forces Week and to acknowledge the fantastic work they do on behalf of the nation, which has been very evident in the last 15 months.
“During the pandemic, the Armed Forces have provided a huge array of support, from driving ambulances and airlifting medical supplies, to building NHS Nightingale hospitals. The work of Armed Forces doctors and nurses has also been instrumental in supporting the NHS. Reservists and regulars alike have found themselves deployed across the UK and beyond to support the response to coronavirus, including logistical planners supporting councils rolling out testing programmes, drivers, engineers and musicians and many more.
“The Armed Forces have also been supporting the transport of supplies, including tests, PPE and vaccines, to our overseas territories plus repatriation flights at the start of the pandemic bringing British citizens home from across the world where they were stranded.
“Showing recognition and gratitude for the Armed Forces during Armed Forces Week will help provide a real morale boost for troops and their families.”