Flying the flag for Armed Forces Day 2024


On Monday 24 June, the Mayor of Solihull raised the Armed Forces Day flag at the Royal British Legion Memorial in Shirley Park. The flag raising ceremony is held in recognition of those who fight or have fought for their country, to show support and appreciation for their service.

Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday of June every year, falling this year on Saturday 29 June. There is a week of celebrations leading up to Armed Forces Day to support and honour the Armed Forces community, from currently serving personnel to service families, veterans and cadets.

The flag raising ceremony saw visitors and dignitaries watch the Chairman of the Shirley Royal British Legion (RBL) and the Mayor raise the Armed Forces Day flag. This was followed by a one minute silence and a blessing from the Chaplain. The Mayor then said a few words about the importance of commemorating Armed Forces Day and supporting past and present Armed Forces personnel.

The Mayor of Solihull, Cllr Shahin Ashraf MBE, said:

“It is a privilege for me to raise the flag to honour Armed Forces Day this year. This day is a special opportunity to recognise all Armed Forces personnel – not only the brave servicemen and women who are serving now, but the veterans, cadets, reserve troops and service families who have all made sacrifices to protect and serve their country.

“As conflicts and wars continue to devastate communities around the world, it remains crucial that we show our gratitude and appreciation for our Armed Forces as they promote peace and deliver aid. I am honoured to be a part of this year’s event and would like to thank the Royal British Legion Shirley for inviting me.”

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

“On behalf of the Royal British Legion, I would like to thank the Mayor and all our visitors for honouring Armed Forces Day with us today at our flag raising ceremony. This is a special opportunity for us all to show appreciation and support for the men and women who fight and have fought for this country.”

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