Three Rivers embraces Armed Forces Day
21st June 2021
This Saturday (26 June) is Armed Forces Day and celebrations began on Monday (21 June) with the raising of the Armed Forces flag at Three Rivers House in Rickmansworth.
Numerous virtual and socially distanced events are taking place across the country to commemorate the event, with flags raised on buildings and famous landmarks nationwide.
Cllr Keith Martin, Chair of the Council, was joined by Cllr Sarah Nelmes, Leader of the Council and Cllr Jon Tankard, Three Rivers’ current appointee to the Hertfordshire Armed Forces Covenant.
Cllr Martin, said: "It is a privilege to raise the Armed Forces flag. We must continue to commemorate those who have served this country to maintain our liberty. I would like to thank all our past and present service personnel and their families for their bravery and commitment. Our thoughts embrace all those who have served our country and remember those who we have lost.”
Cllr Nelmes, added: “These challenging times are a reminder of how much value we place on our freedom, and what a huge debt of gratitude we owe to all our armed forces, past and present. It is important that we remember all those who have fought to protect our freedom.”
Cllr Tankard concluded: “It’s a great honour to be the Armed Forces Covenant holder for Three Rivers District Council. The Armed Forces continue to defend the UK and its interests. They promote peace, provide security, deliver aid, tackling drug smugglers, and fight terrorism across the world. They do a tremendous job and we should all be very proud of them.”
Although Armed Forces Day is not a charitable event, the Armed Forces have the support of several UK charities and many local events will offer opportunities to support them. To find out more about Armed Forces charities, please see: https://www.gov.uk/donations-to-support-members-of-the-armed-forces.
More information about Armed Forces Day can be found at: https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/.