Today June 28 is armed forces day, which organisers say, is:
“an opportunity, to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces”
“it gives the nation an opportunity to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to service families and from veterans to cadets.”
There are events taking place this weekend in Hampshire at Andover and Portsmouth – no events will be taking place in Eastleigh but earlier in the week the council organised a flag raising ceremony.
The ceremony was held at Fleming Park Bowling Club because the new Civic Offices on Upper Market St currently lacks a flag pole.
The Mayor, Cllr Tony Noyce was assisted by the President of Eastleigh, Chandler’s Ford and District British Legion Norman Brown MBE.
Eastleigh News understands that the council, with the help of the local Lions group, plans to erect three new flagpoles on Leigh Rd recreation ground as part of new focal point for civic ceremonies, hopefully in time for the centenary anniversary of the outbreak of World War One – today is also the 100th anniversary of the assassination of the Austrian Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo whose death started a political and diplomatic slide to the catastrophic conflict.
Armed Forces Day has been celebrated in the UK since 2009 when it replaced ‘Veteran’s Day’ a national celebration that was first inaugurated in 2006.