Published Saturday, 30 June 2018
A specially commissioned flag has been flying outside Council Headquarters this week in the run-up to Armed Forces Day.
Today (Saturday 30 June) marks the vital role our Armed Forces play in maintaining the security and well-being of the country.
Armed Forces Day has become an important point in the calendar to show support for the men and women, from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.
This year there was special significance for the South Lanarkshire Council flag raising event on Saturday 23 June as the re-signing of the Armed Forces Community Covenant also took place.
The council’s Veteran’s Champion, Councillor Mark Horsham, said: “The council originally signed the Covenant in 2012. However, since then, it has evolved so by re-signing the document we are highlighting our commitment to supporting our Armed Forces community.
“It was also a pleasure to recently co-chair, along with my colleague Councillor David Cullen from North Lanarkshire, the first meeting of the re-established Lanarkshire Firm Base Forum.
“This forum allows both local authorities, Armed Forces’ charities and partners within the area to discuss measures and insure the Armed Forces Personnel, veterans and families will receive the best advice and support with matters and issues that they face.”
The flag raising ceremony on Saturday was opened by Provost Ian McAllan with prayers led by the Reverend James Gibson. Also in attendance were Lord Lieutenant Lady Susan Haughey, Ian Forsyth and The Royal British Legion Colours plus members, The Army Cadets, The Sea Cadets, The Air Cadets, 6 SCOTS, 4 Platoon RSB, MPs and MSPs, elected members and council officials.
Provost McAllan said: “This event conveys our deepest gratitude for the sacrifices that those in active service are unfortunately still asked to make all too often to retain the freedom the rest of us enjoy.
“It is this selfless dedication to duty in times of war, providing humanitarian relief or as international peace keepers - often in the most trying and dangerous conditions - that we must never take for granted.
And the Leader of South Lanarkshire Council, Councillor John Ross, said: “The raising of this flag reflects our thanks for everything our armed forces personnel do to keep us safe and secure at home and abroad.”