Celebrate the Armed Forces at flag raising ceremony

Armed Forces Day parade in Halifax
Armed Forces Day parade in Halifax

Calderdale Council is inviting local people to thank past and present members of the Armed Forces for their service at a flag raising ceremony.

The event which will mark the start of Armed Forces week 2016 will see the flag raised above Halifax Town Hall on Monday, June 20 at 10am.

This will then fly until Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 25.

The flag raising ceremony will also be attended by officers from the 4YORKS - Corunna Company - Yorkshire Regiment.

People attending the ceremony are asked to meet at 9.50am at Broad Street Plaza, Halifax, for a great view of the Town Hall flagpole.

Coun Tim Swift, Calderdale Council’s leader, said: “Everyone is welcome to join us at our annual flag raising ceremony. It’s a chance to come together to mark our respect and thanks to the Armed Forces and veterans for their tireless work and bravery.

“If you’d like to learn more about the local history of the Armed Forces, the informative and thought-provoking ‘For King and Country’ exhibition and the Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Museum at Bankfield Museum, are open throughout the year.”

The Council is also reminding people about the support and advice it offers to those who are serving or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, as part of its commitment to the Armed Forces Community Covenant.

Housing benefit, Council Tax Reduction, discounted training and free access to council-run gyms and pools are just some of the things available.

Coun Swift added: “If you are serving or have served in the Armed Forces and need some support or advice, we’re here to help and encourage you to get in touch.”

For more information about the support available email tony.smallman@calderdale.gov.uk or call 01422 393232. To find out about Armed Forces Day, visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk/