Armed Forces Day is an annual opportunity for the nation to show its support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. The title reflects the wider Armed Forces family of serving personnel – both regular and reserve, as well as veterans, cadet forces and the service families.
The Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Richard Clifton, said:
“This flag is a symbol of our support for our brave warriors – the men and women who are our sailors, soldiers and airmen.
“Your support for the Armed Forces provides a much-valued morale boost for our troops and their families. The UK Armed Forces magnificently defend the UK and its interests. They put themselves in harm’s way to protect our way of life and defend our nation’s interest.
“Our Armed Forces are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, tackling people smugglers, providing security, fighting terrorism. They work in difficult, dangerous and unpleasant conditions away from their families and the luxuries we all take for granted.
“They operate in environments where the very basics of security and safety are absent. They face, daily, a daunting challenge, doing work that is vital to the protection of our society and our way of life.”
The British Army is currently deployed in more than 80 countries worldwide aand Armed Forces Day flags are flown where British servicemen and servicewomen serve overseas, including Afghanistan, Brunei, Cyprus, Germany, Gibraltar, the Falkland Islands, Kenya and Sierra Leone.
Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, said:
“Armed Forces Day is a fitting mark of respect to our brave servicemen and women who proudly serve our country. This year’s event is even more poignant as we mark the 100th anniversary of the battle of the Somme during World War One.”
Later in the year, Reserves Day will also provide an opportunity for the nation to recognise the reservists who give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces. For this year only, Reserves Day has been delayed until 8 September.