The Armed Forces flag will fly outside of Hampshire County Council’s headquarters buildings once again this year, to mark Armed Forces week (22-27 June) – the annual celebration of the UK’s Armed Forces, which culminates in Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27 June 2020.
HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson Esq. said:
Normally on this day, we would gather together outside the Great Hall, in Winchester, to honour our Armed Forces with a parade and raise the Armed Forces flag. While the event won’t be possible this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Armed Forces flag will continue to fly in Hampshire as a symbol of our high esteem for our Armed Forces and our immense gratitude for their valuable work to protect the UK and her interests, both at home and overseas. I would like to take this opportunity to offer my personal thanks to our local regiments who have been providing much needed support with the current Covid-19 crisis, helping our communities to stay safe and deliver vital supplies and healthcare.
Hampshire is unique in having all three Forces represented in the county, as well as being home to over 20,000 serving members.
Hampshire County Council’s Armed Forces Champion and Executive Member for Communities, Partnerships and External Affairs, Councillor Andrew Joy, added:
We want to recognise and thank the whole Hampshire Armed Forces community of service personnel, reservists, veterans, cadets and their families and friends, for their extraordinary contribution to both the County and the UK. We hugely value our close relationship with our military services, and the raising of the Armed Forces flag in Winchester and across the County displays our unwavering support and affection for our Armed Forces family.
The Armed Forces flag will be flown outside the Great Hall, Winchester until sunset on Sunday 28 June.
For more details on Hampshire County Council’s strong links with the Armed Forces, visit www.hants.gov.uk/armed-forces.