The Mayor of Eastleigh Councillor Darshan Mann was joined by representatives from Eastleigh Cadet forces and the British Legion on Thursday to pay tribute to the men and women serving in the armed forces a short service at Leigh Road recreation ground during which the Armed Forces Day Flag was raised.
Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the last Saturday of June each year to acknowledge the men and women who serve in the British Armed Forces.
This year the celebrations began on 24 June when the Armed Forces Day flag was raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country, while Reserves Day which is marked on the Wednesday ahead of Armed Forces Day provides another opportunity to recognise the reserved forces.
Eastleigh’s MP Mims Davies voiced her appreciation of those who have served or are currently serving the country:
“During my time as Eastleigh’s MP I have been fortunate enough to see first-hand the incredible dedication of our serving armed forces, the devotion of our veterans and the determination of our cadets.
Many people across the Eastleigh constituency have an armed forces background, and as we approach Armed Forces Day I absolutely pay tribute to the key role that servicemen and women past, present and future play in the defence of our country but also in the example they set to all of us.”