Armed Forces Day 2020
Across the nation, on the last Monday in June each year a special flag is raised and flown in recognition of Armed Forces Week.
For this year, taking into consideration the current Covid-19 pandemic and the requirement for social distancing, six representatives of the council and Royal British Legion, paid their respects on Monday 22 June outside Ashford Borough Council’s Civic Centre.
In her opening speech Councillor Jenny Webb, the Mayor of Ashford said,
“The ceremony of ‘Raising the Flag’ signifies the great respect and appreciation for our Armed Forces not only of today but every day. This year especially it is a poignant opportunity to celebrate Armed Forces Day as it enables us to thank all of our Service Men and Women for the manner in which they rise to each challenge and support the Nation - no matter what or who the foe. And to offer our consolidated support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops, service families, veterans, reservists and the cadet force. We also acknowledge the exceptional work carried out by the Royal British Legion.”
The Mayor was joined by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Gerry Clarkson and the President of the Ashford Branch of the Royal British Legion, Mr Dhan Limbu, along with the Mayor’s Chaplain, Reverend Dr Sue Starkings - who lead the service.
A one minute silence was observed as the Armed Forces Day flag was raised and the Mayor read a poem of reflection.
In her closing few words, the Mayor paid homage and expressed her gratitude to our Armed Forces for their invaluable support – the serving troops from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force; their families; our veterans, the reservists and young cadets. Due to Covid-19, the planned annual Armed Forces Fete, scheduled for Sunday 29 June in North Park (the new Civic Park), has been cancelled for this year.