We are so grateful to you, the Mayor tells armed forces

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THE public has the chance to show support for our armed forces tomorrow.

Halifax is one of many towns and cities across the UK which will celebrate Armed Forces Day.

At 11am the Mayor of Calderdale Nader Fekri will unveil a commemorative plaque at the entrance to the old Duke of Wellington’s depot and HQ at Wellesley Barracks, Highroad Well, which is now Halifax High School.

“I am incredibly humbled to commemorate Armed Forces Week,” said Coun Fekri.

“I recognise the vital work that these volunteer professionals do around the world in peace-keeping and nation-building.

“I am aware of Calderdale’s long association with the Dukes, and acknowlege and thank the many individuals and families who pay a high price for the defence of our liberties, with some paying the ultimate price.

“On behalf of the council and the people of Calderdale, I am grateful to them.”

At 12.50 pm a veterans’ and cadets’ parade will form outside Halifax Town Hall and move off at 1pm, led by the West Yorkshire Police Band.

It will follow a route through the town centre to Halifax Minster and stop in Southgate to be addressed by the Mayor.

After reaching the minster, a service will be held at 2pm, to which the public is invited.

On Monday a flag was raised over Halifax Town Hall to mark the start of Armed Forces Week.