Raising The Flag For Our Armed Forces

Somerset County Council joined other Government buildings and famous landmarks across the country today in raising a flag to show support for our Armed Forces.

Raised by Cllr Rod Williams, newly elected Chairman of Somerset’s Armed Forces Covenant, the Armed Forces flag will be on display at County Hall for the remainder of the week which concludes with Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24 June.

Cllr Williams said: “Today’s flag raising ceremony at County Hall reaffirms Somerset’s support for the Armed Forces community and its commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.

“Somerset values its strong links to the Royal Navy, 40 Commando Royal Marines, The Rifles and the Army Air Corps. Our serving men and women greatly appreciate your support, whether in their families, their communities, Somerset businesses or local government.

“The flag is a chance to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces Community – from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets, providing a much valued morale boost for the troops and their families. We are proud to show our support.”

Somerset County Council hosts the Somerset Armed Forces Covenant and so far through MoD funding has secured around £500,000 to support community and military projects designed to bring local communities and military communities closer together.

These include over £19,500 given recently to Balsam Centre, ‘Hub2’ in Wincanton, to help civilians and military families share a host of planned activities aiming to bring the two communities closer together and £8,000 given to the Royal Navy Royal Marines to benefit the Wyndham Park Community Hub, situated on the outskirts of Yeovil.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation to those who serve. It says we will do all we can to ensure they are treated fairly and not disadvantaged in their day to day lives.

Tomorrow the Somerset Armed Forces Covenant Partnership will hold its annual conference at RNAS Yeovilton (invitation only). This will gather agencies involved in the welfare of Servicemen and Women to consider how the Partnership might be developed.

Further information about the Somerset Armed Forces Covenant is available at www.somerset.gov.uk/forcescovenant.

Any organisation interested in submitting a bid to the Somerset Covenant Fund is asked to first email a proposed outline to communities@somerset.gov.uk .

Further information on Armed Forces Day, including a full list of national events, can be found on the dedicated website www.armedforcesday.org.uk.  You can follow Armed Forces Day on Facebook and Twitter (@ArmedForcesDay)