Flying a flag for Armed Forces Day


The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Ken Meeson, raised the Armed Forces Day flag at the War Memorial in Shirley Park on Monday 20 June. The flag raising ceremony was held to commemorate those who fight or have fought for their country to show support and appreciation.

Armed Forces Day, Saturday 25 June, celebrates and honours those who gave their lives for their country and those who serve today.

This event saw visitors and dignitaries watch the Branch Chairman of Shirley Royal British Legion (RBL) invite the Mayor to raise the flag followed by a one minute’s silence and a blessing from the Chaplain. The Mayor then said a few words supporting Armed Forces Day and mentioned the conflict in Ukraine.

Those attending, including those from Shirley RBL, pupils from Kingswood School, local police, the Deputy Leader of Solihull Council and Rabbi Pink, were invited by the Branch Chairman to have refreshments at Shirley RBL club, accompanied by the Mayor.

The Mayor of Solihull, Cllr Ken Meeson, said:

“Young people won’t remember the war, yet veterans here today served us, and many have given their lives for our freedom.”

“War is a devastating thing. As with the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, many members of our Armed forces have risked their lives to protect others.”

“Saturday is an opportunity to show our respect, appreciation and honour for those men and women serving in the Armed Forces, dedicated to keeping us safe today.”

Ken Russel, Branch Chairman of Shirley Royal British Legion, said:

"The Royal British Legion feels honoured to have this opportunity to show our support for our gallant forces, men and women who put their lives on the line for their country. This is just a small token of our appreciation.”

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